Azeem Rafiq to divulge Yorkshire racism allegations to MPs

The Yorkshire racism scandal hits Parliament Tuesday morning when Azeem Rafiq appears before MEPs.

The former county crank said it was “time for the truth” Monday as he prepared for the Special Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) hearing in Westminster.

Protected by parliamentary privileges, Rafiq will be able to comment on all aspects of his sweeping allegations of institutional racism in Yorkshire without fear of legal reprisals.

The 30-year-old, whose second term at Headingley ended in 2018, first made his claims in an interview in September 2020. A lengthy investigation into Yorkshire eventually concluded that he was a victim of “racial harassment and bullying,” but controversial, that no one would be disciplined.

Their report on the matter was not made public and the county’s handling of the case met with severe criticism, prompting the DCMS committee to step up.

Rafiq, who has already reached a financial settlement with his old club, is followed by former Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton, who stepped down after the episode.

Former CEO Mark Arthur and Medical Services Director Wayne Morton were originally listed for attendance, but their names were not on a revised call list on Monday.

Cricket director Martyn Moxon was already expected not to attend as he was recently released from work due to a stress-related illness.

The bipartisan committee hearing, chaired by Conservative MP Julian Knight and broadcast live on the BBC Parliamentary Channel, is also evidenced by Tom Harrison, CEO of the Cricket Board of England and Wales. Further figures from the governing body will also appear.

Rafiq seemed to take his chance on Monday and tweeted a video clip of a highway trip entitled “Time for TRUTH”. The implication was that he was traveling south to share new details.

Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan has repeated for making racist comments against Yorkshire teammates, including Rafiq.

Vaughan revealed earlier this month that he was mentioned in Yorkshire’s report on Rafiq’s allegations after he was accused of telling four Asian players, “(there are) too many of you, we have to do something”.

These claims, which date back to a game in 2009, were supported by former Pakistani international Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and, on Monday, current English player Adil Rashid.

“I can confirm Azeem Rafiq’s memory of Michael Vaughan’s comments to a group of us Asian players,” Rashid said in a statement to The Cricketer.

Vaughan responded in a letter to the PA News Agency that read: “I categorically deny saying the words attributed to me by Azeem Rafiq and I want to repeat it publicly because the ‘your lot’ comment just never happened. It is very annoying that this completely false accusation was made against me by a former teammate who was apparently supported by two other players. “

He added: “I have great empathy for what Azeem Rafiq has been through, but I hope everyone understands why I can’t let this go unchallenged or my reputation unfairly shattered.”

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