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‘Lives will probably be misplaced’ – Former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq urges authorities to eradicate bullying and racism in cricket


Sep 8, 2020
‘Lives will be lost’ – Former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq urges authorities to eradicate bullying and racism in cricket

Former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq has urged authorities to ‘act now’ and eradicate racism from cricket, insisting ‘lives will probably be misplaced’ if they don’t.

Earlier this month, Rafiq opened up about his experiences of ‘institutional racism’ whereas taking part in for Yorkshire, revealing the abuse left him on the point of committing suicide.

Rafiq has opened up about his struggles with racism in cricket

And talking solely to former England worldwide Darren Gough on talkSPORT, Rafiq has claimed he was reluctant to talk about his struggles in worry that he could be expelled from the game.

“There’s an issue in society,” he informed Drive. “Everybody thought there wasn’t an issue in cricket however you’ve been spherical the sport and I’ve been spherical the sport.

“Cricket is being run by a really carefully knit group and a whole lot of issues are being stored below the wraps. You’re probably not left with any possibility however to maintain quiet otherwise you’re out of the sport.”

Yorkshire County Cricket Membership (CCC) mentioned that they had launched a proper investigation following Rafiq’s remarks final week.

And the 29-year-old revealed he’s receiving messages from a present participant on the membership who’s combating comparable abuse.

“The issue is thru all age teams proper as much as the highest,” Rafiq added. “It’s an enormous fear after I get a message from a present academy participant saying he can relate to it.

“This fearful me as a result of proper up till the tip I didn’t wish to imagine it, however when a 16-year-old says it that actually considerations me.

“I’ve not had an opportunity to answer it however it actually involved me after I received the message.

“There’s so many individuals who wished to come back out and talk about it however didn’t wish to put their neck on the road. That harm me probably the most.”

Rafiq moved to England from Pakistan as a teen

Rafiq, who was born in Pakistan and moved to England when he was 10, completed by urging authorities to stamp out the abuse that’s prevalent within the recreation, insisting ‘lives will probably be misplaced’ in the event that they fail to take motion.

“A hell of lots of people noticed what occurred to me,” he mentioned. “I went for assist in a whole lot of totally different locations however nobody was prepared to place their neck on their line to cease these boastful individuals from doing what they need.

“They left no stone uncovered to finish me.

“There’s received to be accountability for this to vary. There’s a purpose I’ve not named names because it loses the aim of what I wish to obtain.

“I’m 29 and really feel like my time has gone. They’ve turned a younger lad who’s so assured, borderline overconfident and boastful into a man who’s actually petrified to go away his home at night time.

“I really feel like my time has gone. It worries me that there might be individuals in the identical scenario proper now. We have to act and act now as a result of lives will probably be misplaced if we don’t.”

You possibly can take heed to Rafiq’s interview with talkSPORT, above…