Former Cricketer Azeem Rafiq Was Sufferer Of “Inappropriate Habits”: Yorkshire County Cricket Membership

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The Yorkshire County Cricket Membership on Thursday launched an announcement concerning the investigation into allegations of racism made by former participant Azeem Rafiq. In September 2020, the Yorkshire County Cricket Membership launched a full investigation into allegations of racism and now in a launch has said that ‘Azeem was the sufferer of inappropriate habits.’ “The investigation was carried out by worldwide legislation agency Squire Patton Boggs and was intensive. They interviewed many witnesses, together with Azeem, present and former gamers, teaching workers and administration, who willingly got here ahead. Additionally they thought-about vital quantities of fabric and proof submitted by a broad vary of contributors. We’re grateful to everybody who contributed to this necessary course of. Along with investigating Azeem’s particular allegations, the scope of the investigation additionally thought-about whether or not Yorkshire County Cricket Membership was institutionally racist,” the membership assertion learn.

The Panel was chaired by Dr Samir Pathak, a guide pancreatic surgeon at St. James’s College Hospital in Leeds, a trustee of the MCC Basis and member of the MCC Cricket Committee.

The Panel all undertook the position outdoors of their day jobs and on a voluntary foundation. The Panel’s position was to supervise the integrity of the investigation, make their very own findings and suggest suggestions to the Membership as to future actions it ought to take.

“It’s inevitable that there’s a lot to digest and we will need to take recommendation on the contents of the report. We’re aware that in a strategy of this nature now we have an obligation of care to all who participated, and we should not breach that responsibility. We goal to publish as a lot of the report and suggestions as we’re ready, topic to any authorized restraints on doing so, within the coming weeks.”

“There have been many allegations made in opposition to the Membership most of which relate to a interval greater than ten years in the past. Most of the allegations weren’t upheld and for others there was inadequate proof for the Panel to make a willpower. It’s proper, nonetheless, to acknowledge from the outset that a number of of the allegations made by Azeem had been upheld and that sadly, traditionally, Azeem was the sufferer of inappropriate behaviour. That is clearly unacceptable. We want to categorical our profound apologies for this,” the assertion added.

The Panel additionally discovered that the Membership did not implement its insurance policies and procedures in relation to those severe points. The Membership understands the significance of the Panel’s findings.

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The Yorkshire County Cricket Membership Chair, Roger Hutton, mentioned: “I want to acknowledge Azeem’s braveness in elevating these points, and his participation within the investigation, which I perceive will need to have been very tough. I might additionally like to specific my honest apology to him for sure failings by the Membership, which have been highlighted by the Panel.

“He has very clearly skilled some tough and distressing instances throughout the time since 2008 and the Membership might, and will, have supported him higher. Since I joined the board in 2020, it has turn out to be apparent to me that each previous to and since, it has regularly tried to enhance its relationship with various communities. It has nonetheless not progressed far sufficient, significantly as we study to see the world from recent eyes, and I take into account that this report shall be a platform for additional necessary modifications at YCCC.”

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