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Azeem Rafiq: Alex Hales denies naming dog ‘Kevin’ due to alleged racial slur

Former England batsman Alex Hales categorically denies naming his dog ‘Kevin’ due to an alleged racial slur used in Yorkshire after Azeem Rafiq’s damning claims that the name was used as a blanket term for all people who did not they were white.

  • Alex Hales denies he used an alleged racial slur to name his dog
  • Azeem Rafiq, speaking this week before a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, said the name ‘Kevin’ has been used in a derogatory way by teammates.
  • Rafiq claimed it was started by Gary Ballance and Hales has a dog named Kevin
  • Hales came out to ‘absolutely deny’ any racial connotation in his choice of name


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Alex Hales has categorically denied naming his dog Kevin after an alleged racial slur, following the explosive claims made by Azeem Rafiq.

Providing evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee under parliamentary privilege on Tuesday, Rafiq said England players had used the name as a term for people of black and Asian descent.

He claimed that it had emanated from former Yorkshire teammate Gary Ballance and became more used in England’s locker room, where he alleged that he ultimately led Hales from Nottinghamshire to name his black dog.

But Hales, who landed in Australia on Wednesday prior to his Big Bash stint with Sydney Thunder, issued a statement saying: ‘Having heard the allegations made against me, I categorically and absolutely deny that there was any racial connotation to my name. dog. .

“ I completely respect and have great sympathy both for the stance Azeem Rafiq has taken and for what he has endured. His evidence was heartbreaking.

English star Alex Hales has spoken out to categorically deny that he named his dog Kevin due to an alleged racial slur, following damning evidence given by Azeem Rafiq this week.

England star Alex Hales has spoken out to categorically deny that he named his dog Kevin due to an alleged racial slur, following damning evidence given by Azeem Rafiq this week.

Hales said in a statement that he absolutely denies any racial connotation to his dog's name.

Hales said in a statement that he absolutely denies any racial connotation to his dog's name.

Hales said in a statement that he absolutely denies any racial connotation to his dog’s name.

Rafiq gave evidence about his experiences of racism in cricket during a parliamentary hearing

Rafiq gave evidence about his experiences of racism in cricket during a parliamentary hearing

Rafiq gave evidence about his experiences of racism in cricket during a parliamentary hearing

‘There is no room for racism or discrimination of any kind in cricket and I will gladly cooperate with any investigation that the gaming authorities decide to undertake.

“Neither I nor my representatives will comment further on the matter.”

Also in Azeem Rafiq’s evidence of his experiences in Yorkshire was the claim that the Yorkshire coaches, players, and website called India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara Steve at the urging of Jack Brooks, because he could not deliver his first Name. Somerset, where Brooks now plays, is believed to be investigating the problem.

However, Pujara is not the only cricket figure of Asian descent to have received an English nickname on the county circuit.

England bowling coach Jeetan Patel, who spent a decade on the county cricket circuit as a player with Warwickshire, is known as Dave.

However, when contacted by Sportsmail, Patel explained that it was one who had stayed with him since childhood in New Zealand and did not consider it derogatory, saying it emanated from ‘fun and games at school’.

Derbyshire on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Mickey Arthur as its new cricket boss, as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail earlier this month.

Arthur, 53, will begin his role immediately after his final assignment with Sri Lanka – the next two test rounds against the West Indies.

HIS DAMN REVELATIONS OF YEARS OF ABUSE

  • Azeem Rafiq says a senior county player threw wine down his throat at age 15
  • The manager ‘tore him apart’ upon his return to the club after the death of his unborn child.
  • Asian players were regularly called P *** and ‘elephant washers’
  • England international Gary Ballance ‘called all colored players Kevin’
  • Test captain Joe Root was present when racial slurs were made but did not intervene
  • Rafiq was labeled a ‘troublemaker’ after denouncing bowler Tim Bresnan for intimidation
  • Yorkshire bosses tried to smear and discredit him after he went public with his accusations of racism
  • There’s racism across the county, but other players are ‘too scared’ to speak up
  • The sport’s governing body’s career initiatives were ‘checkboxes’ exercises when ‘action’ was needed
  • The players association was ‘inept’ and did not support Rafiq during his ordeal

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