Former Yorkshire player Azim Rafique on Tuesday called Joe Root “a good man” but expressed his dismay at the England Test captain for what he described as “institutional racism”. Rafiq detailed his experiences of racism and discrimination at the club as he addressed the UK Members of Parliament at the Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). He questioned the England cricket establishment where people tend to forget the out-and-out racism. Root recently said the racism scandal in his county of Yorkshire has “disrupted our sport and ripped lives apart”.
“Ruty is a good person,” Rafiq said during the hearing.
“He never engaged in racist language. I found it sad because Ruthie was Gary Balance’s housewife.”
“Maybe he didn’t remember it, but it shows the institution that a good man like him can’t remember those things.”
England international Gary Ballance admitted earlier this month that he called Rafiq a “paki” (referring to his Pakistani origin) during the pair’s time in Yorkshire, but added that it was a “sense of friendly jokes”. in” was done.
On Tuesday, Rafiq told MPs that the word “Paki” was “frequently used” in two of his chants in Yorkshire and that no official stood up against racial harassment.
Rafiq accused Yorkshire of institutional racism in September last year, after which the club launched an investigation into the allegations.
However, he has been criticized for his handling of the issue. A report found that Rafiq was the victim of “racial harassment and bullying”, but the club declined to take action against anyone.
“Long ago, me and others from Asian backgrounds… had comments like “you sit there by the toilet”, “hand wash”.
Rafiq told DCMS, “The word “Paki” was used constantly. And there seemed to be an acceptance of the leaders in the institution and no one has ever stamped it.”
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has backed his Yorkshire teammate Rafiq’s allegation of racism against Michael Vaughan, saying he can confirm that the former captain’s remarks were directed at a group of Asian players.
Rafiq claimed that Vaughan told a group of Asian players on the team that “there are too many of you guys, we need to do something about it” before a match in 2009.
When asked about Vaughan, Rafiq said, “It’s important to Michael that we don’t make everything about Michael.
“That was a long time ago. He might not remember it because it means nothing to him.”
However, Vaughan denied the allegations.
“If we make a change in cricket, we bring a change in the society,” Rafeez said.
When asked about comparing his treatment in Yorkshire with his everyday life, Rafiq said, “My everyday life has been cricket as long as I know. It’s hard to compare.
The 30-year-old player of Pakistani origin said, “Cricket is worse than society. If we change cricket, we bring change in society. Everyone is responsible for the society we live in.”
“Let’s find out where we are, then hopefully it will have an impact on society.”
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