Azeem Rafiq calls for reconsideration of ban on Yorkshire from hosting international cricket after racism fallout
I believe the time is right to say they should be given back the international cricket so vital to their very survival, Rafiq said.
Updated - Jan 12, 2022 6:11 pm
Azeem Rafiq has feels that the Yorkshire county has been moving in the right direction after a ban was imposed on them from hosting international matches following the racism allegations. Rafiq played for the county side for a six-period until 2014 and he was also a former Under-19 captain who was a victim of racial harassment inside the dressing room. ECB had taken immediate action on the county following the allegations from Rafiq.
The players who had been accused of the incident were also suspended from playing international cricket by the ECB board. Following Rafiq’s statement to the British Parliamentary committee, a lot of cricketers around the world had revealed their sufferings as well It is to be noted that Rafiq is of Pakistan descent and he played 38 first-class games picking up 71 wickets at an average of 39.5.
Changes made have been a step in the right direction feels Azeem Rafiq
Rafiq had recently felt that Yorkshire county deserves to get back the hosting of international matches after the efforts they have made so far. He credited the new chairman Kamlesh Patel who has brought in changes to the system and felt the need to acknowledge the changes made.
“It has been a whirlwind since I appeared in front of MPs almost two months ago, and what Yorkshire and Lord Patel have done to bring change is definitely a step in the right direction,” .
“That’s why I believe the time is right to say they should be given back the international cricket so vital to their very survival. The people of Yorkshire should be able to watch England in Test and white-ball games at Headingley this summer.” Rafiq wrote in his Daily Mail column
Rafiq mentioned that the Yorkshire county should be supported after they have attempted to get it right. It has been three months since the scandals over the racism acts in the county had popped up at first.
“If we’re asking an institution to look at itself then we should recognise when it begins to show it is genuinely sorry and attempts to start putting things right. Yorkshire need to be supported and helped to move in that right direction. They do seem willing to do the right thing now.” Rafiq added