LEEDS, England (NWN) – Cricketer Azim Rafiq was on Monday praised by the club’s new president for his bravery in reporting racism and bullying in Yorkshire.
The county has been widely criticized for its handling of the scandal and has already lost sponsors, and the right to host England international matches at their Headingley home.
New Yorkshire chairman Kamlesh Patel said, “Azeem is a whistleblower and he should be praised, he should never have done this.” “We are sorry for what you and your family have experienced and the way we have handled this.
“I thank Azeem for his bravery in speaking up. Let me make it clear from the very beginning that casteism or discrimination in any form is not a joke.”
Patel’s reference to “argument” came after that word was allegedly used in the county report on Rafiq’s allegations.
It was reported that a teammate had repeatedly used a derogatory slur on Rafiq’s behalf with the aim of referring to his Pakistani heritage, but the allegation was not justified on the grounds that it was between players. In terms of friendly exchanges.
“What I have seen so far makes me feel uncomfortable,” Patel said of the investigation. This makes me think that the process was not completed as well as it should have been.”
Former England Under-19 captain Rafiq said in interviews last year that during his time in Yorkshire from 2008-17, he was made to feel like an “outsider” as a Muslim and was close to taking his own life.
Patel said Yorkshire had settled the employment tribunal case with Rafiq.
“There is no restriction on what Azeem can or cannot say about his experiences,” Patel said. “The settlement does not include a nondisclosure agreement.”
Patel said he is also conducting an expert independent review of the county’s processes and procedures on diversity and inclusion.
He said he had spoken to the England and Wales Cricket Board about the resumption of international cricket at his stadium, but that Yorkshire would “have to address the root causes” that led to the suspension.
Patel said he would release the report only to those who have “legal interests” instead of publishing it.
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