Somerset seamer Jack Brooks apologizes to Cheteshwar Pujara over his casteist surname. cricket news

Jack Brooks allegedly used the nickname against Cheteshwar Pujara during his time with Yorkshire.© Twitter

Somerset seamer Jack Brooks on Thursday issued an apology for his role in naming India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara as “Steve” during his time in Yorkshire. He also issued an apology for using racist language in his tweets, which date back to 2012. “I acknowledge that the language used in two of my tweets in 2012 was unacceptable and I deeply regret using it. I apologize unconditionally for any offense I may have committed to anyone. These tweets Who would have seen that,” Brooks said in his statement, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

Earlier in the week, Brooks’ name was included in Azeem Rafiq’s testimony before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport selection committee. Rafiq had said that Brooks started the practice of calling Pujara “Steve”.

“With reference to my naming in Azeem Rafiq’s statement to lawmakers this week, the use of the name ‘Steve’ relates to something that is difficult to pronounce. When it has happened in a dressing room environment in the past, it is It has become common practice. To give surnames, regardless of creed or race. I accept to use it in this context and now accept that it was disrespectful and wrong to do so,” Brooks said.

He said, “I have contacted and apologized to Cheteshwar for any offense caused to him or his family. At that time I did not recognize it as racist behavior, but now I can see that it is not acceptable.” Was.”

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Somerset has also issued a statement saying that they are looking into the matter.

“Late Sunday evening, Somerset County Cricket Club was made aware of allegations by one of our players, Jack Brooks, which occurred when he was appointed by Yorkshire CCC. An investigation was immediately launched and is ongoing. This club Will be inappropriate for. To comment further until this process is over. A further statement will be made in due course,” the club said.

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