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Azeem Rafiq to face MPs as DCMS interrogates former England U19 captain on accusations of racism

Azeem Rafiq will face MPs on Tuesday when he is questioned by DCMS on his racism allegations … Sportsmail answers key questions ahead of cricketer’s appearance in Westminster

  • Azeem Rafiq will be questioned by MPs on accusations of racism on Tuesday morning.
  • Rafiq will speak under parliamentary privilege, so he can name people.
  • Former Yorkshire boss Roger Hutton will be there, but Joe Root won’t.


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The MPs will speak to former England Under 19 captain Azeem Rafiq about his 43 allegations of racism, seven of which were confirmed by an investigation set up by former Yorkshire employers.

Since Rafiq will speak under parliamentary privilege, he can appoint people without fear of legal retaliation.

Who else will be there?

Roger Hutton, who stepped down as Yorkshire president, will follow Rafiq, which starts at 9.30am on Tuesday.

The DCMS website also suggested that Mark Arthur, who resigned as CEO last week, would appear, along with Wayne Morton, the club’s chief of medical services.

Azeem Rafiq will be questioned by MPs in Westminster amid his accusations of racism in cricket.

Azeem Rafiq will be questioned by MPs in Westminster amid his accusations of racism in cricket.

Former Yorkshire cricket chief Roger Hutton will follow Rafiq after his 9:30 a.m. appearance.  M.

Former Yorkshire cricket chief Roger Hutton will follow Rafiq after his 9:30 a.m. appearance.  M.

Former Yorkshire cricket chief Roger Hutton will follow Rafiq after his 9:30 a.m. appearance. M.

That no longer appears to be the case. Yorkshire cricket director Martyn Moxon has already been ruled out on health grounds. Another absent due to illness is ECB Acting President Barry O’Brien, who underwent a Covid test.

Alan Dickinson, another member of the ECB board, will serve as alternate. The other members of the ECB facing questions about its process for dealing with racism complaints are Executive Director Tom Harrison, Meena Botros, director of legal affairs and integrity of the governing body, and Kate Miller, its director of diversity and communications.

What other key areas will the audience focus on?

Rafiq has made it clear that his focus is not on people, but on the fact that the club did not follow its own procedures when it denounced racism.

Rafiq says he will not talk about individuals but rather the breach of protocol by the club

Rafiq says he will not talk about individuals but rather the breach of protocol by the club

Rafiq says he will not talk about individuals but rather the breach of protocol by the club

But the lack of sanctions for individuals is also likely to be at the forefront of the discussion after the investigation found that he had been subjected to racial harassment and intimidation, but Yorkshire felt that no one should face disciplinary action.

The DCMS committee may also wish to examine in more detail some of the allegations that the report did not confirm, such as Gary Ballance’s admission that he regularly used the word ‘P ** i’, which the investigation dismissed as a ‘hoax’ .

Will Joe Root participate?

No. He’s in Australia preparing for the Ashes, but Rafiq, who was Root’s captain at the U19 level, may challenge the 30-year-old’s claim last week that he had not witnessed or heard of racism during his career. two decades at the club.

And Michael Vaughan?

He is not involved either, but the timing of Adil Rashid’s statement on Monday backing up Rafiq’s claims means that it will surely be one of the major episodes discussed.

Joe Root will not be attending as he is in Australia preparing for the Ashes series this winter.

Joe Root will not be attending as he is in Australia preparing for the Ashes series this winter.

Joe Root will not be attending as he is in Australia preparing for the Ashes series this winter.

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