English cricket shaken by racism scandal

Former England player Azim Rafiq claimed on Thursday “cultural changein cricket.

Azeem Rafiq, at the center of a racism scandal that rocked the sport in the United Kingdom, called on Thursday “cultural change» Within his discipline.

Following allegations from the Pakistan-born player, the Yorkshire club in northern England issued a report in September concluding that he “Victims of racial harassment and bullying».

However, he decided not to take any disciplinary action last week, prompting a wave of criticism from the government.

Former England international Gary Ballance on Wednesday admitted to racist abuses against Mr Rafiq, apologizing for uttering the words.During immature exchanges during my youth.»

Azim Rafiq said on Twitter on Thursday that “These are not really the words of some persons“But it is”institutional racism“And”The abject failure by Yorkshire County Cricket Club and many of the game’s leaders to act more broadly».

«The sport I love and my club is in dire need of reform and cultural change“, she added.

Cricket, a very popular sport in the United Kingdom as well as in the former British colonies, has in recent years been relatively untouched by racist scandals or examinations of conscience over the diversity that has affected football, but the political, cultural or economic ramifications of many institutions. Too .

Mr Rafiq had reported 43 incidents of racism and said the way he was treated at the club led to suicidal thoughts.

The Yorkshire report confirmed seven of his allegations, but concluded that the club was not institutionally racist.

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The scandal cost the club several sponsors including Emerald Publishing Group, Yorkshire Tea Brand and Tetley Bears.

The scam has been escalated to a political level and Azim Rafiq will be heard by the parliamentary committee in charge of sports on November 16.

Pakistani-origin Health Minister Sajid Javid himself speculated that “head should fall” In the club.

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