Yorkshire faces new claims amid the club’s racism scandal that they “ attempted to free Azeem Rafiq while on compassionate leave after the birth of his stillborn son. ”
- Yorkshire allegedly attempted to free Azeem Rafiq while on compassionate leave
- The report on racism in the county states that the club has advanced its release.
- It comes in the wake of Rafiq’s accusations of racism against Yorkshire
Yorkshire faced allegations that they attempted to free Azeem Rafiq while on compassionate leave following the stillbirth of her son on Wednesday.
The report on racism in the county states that the club advanced the release of his contract from ex-spinner Rafiq “to coincide with this license.”
He also claims that Yorkshire bosses Martyn Moxon and Mark Arthur were ‘dismissive’ of his claims, despite warnings that this would leave him feeling suicidal, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Yorkshire CCC’s face claims they attempted to free Azeem Rafiq while on compassionate leave following the birth of his lifeless son.
Rafiq, now 30, finally received a six-figure deal from the club this week, and cricket director Moxon and chief executive Arthur were expected to step down from their roles in the wake of the scandal.
In excerpts from the report, club officials were warned three times about Rafiq’s claims in August 2018, the same month he went to Pakistan on leave after his son was stillborn.
The report states that “the club chose to advance the decision to release him from his contract to coincide with this withdrawal.” It also finds that ‘the club did not act in a manner required by its own policies or in a manner consistent with the spirit and intent of those policies.
“The panel goes further and accepts (and finds) that Moxon and Arthur dismissed the racial discrimination concerns raised by Rafiq.”
Yorkshire chiefs Martyn Moxon (left) and Mark Arthur (right) are expected to step down from their roles
Sportsmail understands that the ECB is planning to review its mechanisms for reporting racist abuse, and officials admit that the current system is not fit for purpose.
The governing body anticipates an explosion of complaints, as Rafiq’s whistle-blowing has likely encouraged others to seek redress. Former Notts hitter Bilal Shafayat claimed last week that a former Yorkshire fast bowler had called him a “smelly curry eater” at one game.
The ECB’s admission that the reporting system is inadequate echoes a survey conducted by the Association of Professional Cricketers this year, which found that half of professional players in England and Wales were unsure how to report the racism in sport.
Rafiq’s whistle-blowing is likely to embolden others and trigger an explosion of complaints
Additionally, a quarter of those surveyed said they had experienced or witnessed racism in the game, and of those, 60 percent believed the abuse was disguised as a ‘joke’, the pretext given by Yorkshire for not taking disciplinary action against Gary. Ballance despite him. calling Rafiq a ‘P ** i’.
The ECB privately acknowledges that existing mechanisms need to be updated to facilitate the notification of complaints. An enhanced service with anonymous phone lines and reports via text messages and apps is scheduled to be launched.
The ECB is also talking to data experts about compiling a more complete picture of racist incidents.
It is also acknowledged by Lord’s that they could have moved faster to demand greater transparency from Yorkshire in its handling of Rafiq complaints.
Meanwhile, Moxon will not give evidence to MPs investigating the racism scandal due to health problems.
He had been called to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport selection committee on Tuesday along with Arthur. Moxon is not working due to a stress-related condition.
The ex-spinner reached a £ 200,000 settlement after accusing the club of racism.