“I Was Forced to Give Up My Career Due to Racism,” ex-England cricketer Azeem Rafiq reveals.

It's scary': Azeem Rafiq says English cricket rife with racism | Cricket  News | Al Jazeera

An emotional Azeem Rafiq told British MPs on Tuesday that racism cost him his career and reflected institutional bias in the English game. London, UK.
Although an independent review found “racial harassment and bullying,” the county team did not punish anyone.

Yorkshire has lost sponsors, executives, a coach, and has been unable to play lucrative overseas fixtures due to the controversy.

Rafiq’s presence before the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport select committee on Tuesday was protected by parliamentary privilege, which allowed him to convey how he felt “isolated and humiliated.”

“You’ll sit by the toilets, you elephant-washers,” people said to me and other Asians. Rafiq, a 30-year-old guy, was also in the room.

“The word “Paki” was commonly employed. And no one ever tried to stop it, despite the fact that the institution’s officials seemed to condone it.”

Racism in institutions is a nationwide issue.

Institutional racism is a problem “all over the country,” according to the off-spinner, who aspired to play for England.

Rafiq claims that as a Muslim youngster, he was “tied down” and made to consume alcohol at his local cricket club when he was 15 years old.

In an over 100-minute part of his evidence, he revealed Yorkshire’s “inhuman” treatment of his still-born kid in 2017.

“They weren’t especially concerned,” he said, his voice shaking, when he received a phone call indicating there was no heartbeat while he was at training.

Rafiq, a two-year starter at Yorkshire, stated, “Is it possible that I lost my job as a result of racism?” That’s right.”

He stated that, aside from Matthew Hoggard and Gary Ballance, other past players had used racial slurs against him. Yorkshire still has Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan, and Gary Ballance on the team.

‘Kevin’ was a slur Gary used,” he said. Naturally, England’s dressing room was unaware.

According to Azeem Rafiq, who claimed Yorkshire offered him money in exchange for signing a confidentiality agreement, Hoggard apologised to Rafiq for his words.

One reviewer described it as “awful.”

Angry that England Test captain Joe Root, who has spent his entire career at Yorkshire, had never faced racism at the club, he, too, expressed “rage.”

“Rooty, in my opinion, is a decent human being”, says Azeem Rafiq

“Rooty, in my opinion, is a kind guy. He never said or did anything racist.” “Rafiq made the following statement.

It bothered me because Rooty was Gary’s flatmate and had been involved in much of the socialising.”

Mr. Lloyd allegedly said, “drawing subscriptions (subscriptions) out of Asian gamers is like extracting blood from stone,” according to Azeem Rafiq.

“I greatly regret my actions, and I really apologise to Azeem and the Asian cricket community for doing this, as well as for any damage caused,” Lloyd said on Tuesday of his “private” October 2020 comments on Twitter.

According to Adil Rashid and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, both current England spinners, Michael Vaughan talked to a group of Yorkshire Asian bowlers in 2009. “There are far too many of you, and we must act.”

He definitely denies making the remark.

“Michael might not remember it, but three of us… Adil, myself, and Rana remember it,” Rafiq remarked in response to a query about Vaughan.

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