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Azeem Rafiq: ‘The ECB needs a reset of its morals and values – simple as that’

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“I am exhausted,” Azeem Rafiq says quietly as, just before eight in the morning, he takes a deep breath and straightens his black tie. The 30-year-old former cricketer, who exposed the institutional racism at the hear...

Michael Vaughan ‘sorry’ for hurt Azeem Rafiq suffered, denies racism allegations

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Michael Vaughan has said he was sorry for the pain his former Yorkshire teammate Azeem Rafiq endured arising from the racism he experienced at the club. Yorkshire’s new chairman, Lord Patel, has apologised to Rafiq fo...

If we only think about racism in cricket Azeem Rafiq’s tears will have been wasted

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Days after Azeem Rafiq revealed the torment he faced as an Asian player, the situation at Yorkshire cricket club looks no better. His account, of being ostracised, of being referred to by the P-word and by names he kn...

Azeem Rafiq apologises for antisemitic messages sent to another player in 2011

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Azeem Rafiq has apologised after it was revealed he had sent antisemitic messages to a fellow cricketer more than a decade ago. The former Yorkshire spin bowler has won widespread praise for his resolve and courage in...

The Guardian view on Azeem Rafiq and racism: not just cricket

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One of the grimmest aspects of Azeem Rafiq’s testimony to MPs on Tuesday was the fact that it was necessary. Until then, a shocking number of people had been willing to accept that even the use of a vile racial slur m...

Azeem Rafiq’s testimony should shine a light on racism in every workplace

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I spent some of the past summer at the Lord’s and Oval cricket grounds watching my beloved England and Pakistan play. When both teams play each other, I’m never going to be on the losing side. As is the case for many ...

Azeem Rafiq hopes racism revelations will prove to be ‘watershed moment’

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Azeem Rafiq says his damning revelations about racism in the game may have cost him his career in cricket but hopes his painful experiences will serve as a “watershed moment for the future”. Rafiq’s testimony in front...

Tell us: what does Azeem Rafiq’s testimony mean to you?

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In emotional testimony to the digital, culture, media and sport select committee, Azeem Rafiq talked about his experiences of racism, bullying and “inhuman” treatment he faced at Yorkshire cricket. We would like to he...

Azeem Rafiq’s courage shows Yorkshire and ECB what a real leader looks like

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It seems that Yorkshire County Cricket Club were right about Azeem Rafiq all along. He really is a natural-born leader. Just not in the way they’d hoped. On Tuesday morning Rafiq sat for an hour and three quarters in ...

Azeem Rafiq’s testimony on racism plunges English cricket into crisis

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English cricket has descended into crisis after Azeem Rafiq’s powerful testimony laid bare its institutional failings on racism, bullying and dressing room culture while also alleging a past drugs cover-up by Yorkshir...

Azeem Rafiq’s testimony exposes how power works in cricket – and in Britain

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In 2016 Azeem Rafiq returned to Yorkshire, the club and the county where – as we now know – he had encountered racist abuse and ritual humiliation since he was a child. On Tuesday morning in parliament the Conservativ...

Azeem Rafiq tells MPs that ‘inhuman’ racist abuse cost him cricket career

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The former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq has laid bare the full extent of his harrowing experience of racism in cricket during an explosive and emotional appearance in front of MPs. Rafiq has been waiting for the ch...

Azeem Rafiq’s long battle to expose racism at Yorkshire cricket club

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When Azeem Rafiq went public with the claim that he had faced a series of racist incidents throughout his time at Yorkshire cricket club, the incidents he described were written off as ‘banter’. But that defence has c...

Azeem Rafiq ‘incredibly hurt’ by Root comments as Yorkshire chief resigns

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Azeem Rafiq has described himself as “incredibly hurt” after Joe Root said he has not been witness to any instances of racism during his 14 years at Yorkshire. On Thursday England’s Test captain broke his silence on t...

Azeem Rafiq left ‘incredibly hurt’ by Root comments as Yorkshire CCC chief resigns

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Azeem Rafiq has described himself as “incredibly hurt” after Joe Root said he has not been witness to any instances of racism during his 14 years at Yorkshire. On Thursday England’s Test captain broke his silence on t...

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