Rafiq said he started taking medication due to his deteriorating mental health and left Yorkshire for the first time in 2014. When he returned, he initially felt settled with captain Alex Lees and coach Jason Gillespie.
“Jason left in 2016 and felt like the temperature in the room had risen,” Rafiq said. ‘You had Andrew Gale coming in as coach and Gary Ballance as captain. For the first time I began to see what it was like: I felt isolated, humiliated at times. Constant use of the word ‘P ***’. ‘
Rafiq said on a 2017 preseason tour that Ballance had racially abused him. ‘We were in a place and Gary Ballance comes over and says,’ Why are you talking to him? You know he’s an idiot. This happened in front of his teammates. It happened in front of the coaching staff. ”
He added: “ He would constantly talk to me with contempt and make racist jokes, designed to undermine me and make me feel small, like when I would walk up and interrupt when I was talking to girls in a club, saying ‘don’t talk to him, he’s an idiot’. I remember crying outside a nightclub after his constant racist teasing.
‘On those bus trips, I would look for corner stores and make comments like’ Does your dad own these? ‘Gary used to make comments like this at YCCC [Yorkshire County Cricket Club] trips by bus, in the locker room or at events, and in front of YCCC coaches, staff and management, including our coach, Andrew Gale, [the coach] Richard Pyrah, director of cricket Martyn Moxon and president of the Dickie Bird club. But nothing was said or done to stop it. Instead, they often laughed with them.
Ballance admitted to using a ‘racial slur’ towards Rafiq in a lengthy statement this month, apologizing but framing it as part of their friendship. Rafiq told the committee that it was not an accurate description of their relationship, saying it went downhill from 2013 onwards and had turned toxic by 2017.
Rafiq also alleged that former England hitter Alex Hales was involved, saying: ‘Gary and Alex Hales became very close when they played for England together. I was not present in that dressing room, but what I understand (is) that Alex happened to call his dog ‘Kevin’ because he was black. It’s disgusting how much of a joke it was.
When asked about Vaughan, Rafiq said: ‘Michael may not remember … three of us, Adil, me and Rana remember him.
He clearly had a snippet of my statement. He used his platform at the Daily Telegraph to tell everyone that he had not said these things. Go ahead and post a snippet of my statement and talk about other things, I thought I was completely wrong. He probably doesn’t remember it because it doesn’t mean anything to him. ‘
Rafiq made claims about the former England player’s behavior at the club, saying he was among ‘six or seven’ players who had filed a harassment complaint against the star in 2017. But he added that he was the only one of those players who was of color. .
He said, ‘Tim is from Andrew [Gale’s] brother-in-law. They always supported each other. Tim would go along with him and join in on Andrew’s racist comments and they bounced off each other in terms of bullying. As with Andrew, Tim used to make racist comments and was excessively harsh on me compared to white British players, which became so excruciating that I filed a formal complaint against him in 2017. ‘
Rafiq said: ‘It was Hoggy who started calling me’ Raffa the Kaffir ‘. Only later did I realize what ‘Kaffir’ meant, how it was used and that it was a racist term. Hoggy’s comments towards me and the other Asian players, Adil, Ajmal and Rana, were constant.
‘He might have thought it was just a locker room joke, but we would come in in the morning and he would say things like’ you guys sit there ‘and he makes us all sit together. He also called us things like ‘elephant washers’ and ‘P ***’. Rafiq said Matthew Hoggard apologized to him after seeing him being interviewed about his experience in Yorkshire.
He said, ‘I got a phone call from Matthew and he just said,’ Look, I didn’t realize it, I’m so sorry. If any of the comments I made made you feel the way you described it, I just want to apologize. ‘ You know what, when someone does that, I was like, ‘Thanks, I really appreciate it.’
Rafiq said he found it “hurtful”. England’s captain Root said he had never witnessed anything of a racist nature in Yorkshire. Rooty is a good man. He never engaged in racist language, ” Rafiq said.
“I found it hurtful because Rooty was Gary’s (Ballance) housemate and had been involved in a lot of the socializations where they called me ‘P ***’. It shows how normal it was that not even a good man like him saw him for what he was. It’s not going to affect Joe, but it’s something I remember every day. ‘
Rafiq claimed: ‘There was denial, briefings, cover-ups, defamation, high profile media people who sent messages to other members of the media who supported me saying things like’ the clubhouse is the lifeblood of a club and Asian players they don’t go ‘there’, and ‘getting substitutes out of Asian players is like drawing blood from a stone’.
And then personally, this guy doesn’t even know me, he’s never spent time with me, talking about my personal drinking, hanging out and socializing. That was David Lloyd, he’s been an England manager, a commentator and I found him unsettling. A week after we spoke, that’s what they sent me and I thought, ‘God, there are some closet racists and we have to do something about it.’
Rafiq claimed that Jack Brooks, a two-time County Championship winner in Yorkshire, had started the disrespectful practice of calling India star Cheteshwar Pujara ‘Steve’ during a stint abroad at the club.