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ECB vows to launch investigation into ‘Kevin’ insult after Azeem Rafiq’s claim

The ECB promises to launch an investigation into the insult of ‘Kevin’ after Azeem Rafiq claimed the word is used as a term of abuse for people of black and Asian descent … as Alex Hales is alleged to have named his dog black Kevin as a result.

  • The ECB has pledged to investigate claims about the racist language used
  • Azeem Rafiq says the word ‘Kevin’ was used as a term of racist abuse
  • The name allegedly took hold to such an extent that Alex Hales named his dog Kevin.
  • Hales denies the claim, but ECB head Tom Harrison said he would investigate


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The ECB has pledged to investigate Azeem Rafiq’s damaging claims that England players have used the word “Kevin” as a term of abuse for people of black and Asian descent.

The former Yorkshire spinner claimed on Tuesday that the term was widely used by his former teammate Gary Ballance, who had introduced it into the England dressing room where it allegedly seized to such an extent that it led Alex Hales to name his black. . Kevin dog.

ECB Executive Director Tom Harrison claimed that he was unaware of the racial slur until he read the statement from Rafiq’s witness, but vowed to investigate further. Hales is understood to deny the accusation and claims he named the dog after Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges.

“The first time I noticed the insult was reading the report,” Harrison said. “Now it will be part of the ECB investigation.” Ballance is banned from playing for England after he admitted calling Rafiq a “P ** i”, and Hales has been frozen since failing a drug test on the eve of the 2019 World Cup. The pair had been made. friend in England against Pakistan in 2016.

‘Kevin was something Gary (Ballance) used for people of color in a derogatory way. All the time, ” Rafiq said. Gary and Alex came over playing for England, but I understand Alex happened to call his dog Kevin because he was black. It’s disgusting how much it became a joke.

The Executive Director of the Cricket Board of England and Wales (ECB), Tom Harrison, is pictured as he gave testimony today.

The Executive Director of the Cricket Board of England and Wales (ECB), Tom Harrison, has promised to launch an investigation into the use of the word ‘Kevin’ following an explosive claim made by Azeem Rafiq.

'Kevin' was allegedly featured by Gary Ballance in reference to black and Asian people

'Kevin' was allegedly featured by Gary Ballance in reference to black and Asian people

‘Kevin’ was allegedly featured by Gary Ballance in reference to black and Asian people

The term was imposed to such an extent that former England star Alex Hales named his black dog Kevin (pictured).  The batter denies the accusation.

The term was imposed to such an extent that former England star Alex Hales named his black dog Kevin (pictured).  The batter denies the accusation.

The term was imposed to such an extent that former England star Alex Hales named his black dog Kevin (pictured). The batter denies the accusation.

Rafiq also accused Yorkshire of covering up a failed drug test by Ballance. In his 57-page witness statement, released by DCMS after the hearing on Tuesday, Rafiq alleged that the club said the hitter had taken time off for “ anxiety and mental health issues ” when he had tested positive. for recreational drugs, and that they ‘protected Ballance from his drug and alcohol problems.’

However, a Ballance spokesperson later said: ‘Gary must correct the record relating to the egregious false allegations made in Azeem’s witness statement that Gary had’ drug and alcohol problems ‘and’ missed evidence of hair samples with drugs to avoid penalties. ” These accusations are categorically false and should never have been made. Gary has never, to his knowledge, missed a drug test and he wouldn’t. ‘

Yorkshire declined to comment Tuesday night.

Three counties Rafiq was involved in the scandal on Tuesday called on victims to come forward. Middlesex, Notts and Leicestershire issued statements after Rafiq said at the hearing that he was told some were too scared to speak.

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