Azeem Rafiq calls for lifting international ban on cricket in Yorkshire, Headingley Cricket news

“The people of Yorkshire should be able to watch England in tests and white ball matches at Headingley this summer,” Rafiq told the Daily Mail; the former Yorkshire player said the county club was moving in the “right direction” under its new chairman, Lord Patel.

Last update: 11/01/22 23:40

Azeem Rafiq calls for lifting international ban on cricket in Yorkshire, Headingley  Cricket news

Azeem Rafiq called on Headingley to re-host international cricket, two months after testifying at a DCMS elected committee hearing on racism during his stay at the Yorkshire CCC.

Azeem Rafiq believes that the international ban on cricket in Yorkshire should be lifted after he claimed that the district club, led by President Kamlesh Patel, was moving in the “right direction”.

Yorkshire was suspended in November from international or major matches by the Cricket Council of England and Wales (ECB) for their “completely unacceptable” solution to Rafiq’s allegations of racism.

Rafiq also testified at an emotional DCMS hearing two months ago and in a column for Wednesday Daily mailThe former Yorkshire player said the county had made positive progress since Lord Patel had replaced Roger Hutton – Rafiq said that was enough for Headingley to host international cricket.

“Since I appeared before the deputies almost two months ago, it has been a whirlwind and what Yorkshire and Lord Patel have done to bring about change is definitely a step in the right direction,” Rafiq said.

“That’s why I believe it’s the right time to say that international cricket, which is so important to their very survival, should be returned to them. The people of Yorkshire should be able to watch England this summer in tests and white ball matches in Headingley. “

Rafiq says his fight against racism is more important than anything he has achieved on the field as a player

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Rafiq says his fight against racism is more important than anything he has achieved on the field as a player

Rafiq says his fight against racism is more important than anything he has achieved on the field as a player

“During my time at the club, the region was very reluctant to make any changes, and since then I have drawn attention to everything that has happened to me there. And that is why we were here in the first place.”

“But if we ask the institution to look at itself, we should admit when it starts to show that it sincerely regrets it and tries to get things right. Yorkshire needs support and help him go in the right direction. It seems that Yes.” willing to do the right thing now. Let us hope that their actions under the new President, Lord Patel, have shown this. “

Lord Patel also expressed his desire for Yorkshire’s suspension to be lifted, suggesting that the ECB could decide by the end of January.

The Yorkshire presidency said in a press release on Tuesday: “I hope that Yorkshire can set a clear template for other clubs so that we as a sport can raise the standard of how we treat others and how we measure our success.

“I also hope that Yorkshire residents and our supporters across the UK can now begin to feel a glimmer of pride – and, of course, that the ECB’s decision at the end of this month will give our beloved stadium a global stage for cricket excellence.

“Although we still have a long way to go and a lot of hard work, the potential value is great: an opportunity once a generation not only to transform the game in Yorkshire, but also to provide a model for learning and change – both in cricket. and around the world of sports. “

Rafiq praised the appointment of Darren Gough as Yorkshire Cricket Director

Rafiq praised the appointment of Darren Gough as Yorkshire Cricket Director

Meanwhile, Rafiq also praised the appointment of Darren Gough as director of cricket, adding: “I am encouraged by his involvement, not least because the game needs people like him to get involved. Goughie will get things done.”

A report on the cricket racist crisis will be published on Friday

A parliamentary committee report on the racist cricket crisis is due to be published on Friday.

The DCMS inter-party committee said it would publish its findings later this week after the Rafiq hearing in November.

In September last year, Yorkshire acknowledged that there was “no doubt” that Rafiq had faced racial harassment and bullying during his time at the club when they published a summary of the findings and recommendations of an independent report launched almost a year ago.

ECB Director-General Tom Harrison has promised to

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ECB Director-General Tom Harrison has promised to “drive change” following the ongoing racism scandal that engulfed the sport.

ECB Director-General Tom Harrison has promised to “drive change” following the ongoing racism scandal that engulfed the sport.

However, the county faced considerable resistance for their decision not to disclose the entire report or take disciplinary action against any individuals based on the report.

On the same day, the committee heard Rafiq, as well as current and former Yorkshire presidents – Lord Patel and Roger Hutton – and England and Wales Director-General of the Cricket Council, Tom Harrison.

Rafiq said attempts to complain about the discriminatory treatment he faced in Yorkshire had failed before the investigation was finally launched in October 2020.

CEO Mark Arthur resigned four days before Rafiq’s appearance before the committee, while Yorkshire announced on December 3 that cricket director Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale were among the 16 staff members who had been fired.

On November 8, Lord Patel said the county had settled a separate labor court lawsuit from Rafiq.

Lord Kamlesh Patel replaced Roger Hutton as chairman of Yorkshire in November

Lord Kamlesh Patel replaced Roger Hutton as chairman of Yorkshire in November

The Independent Cricket Justice Commission (ICEC), which deals with racism and discrimination in the game, said it was “flooded” with more than 2,000 responses within 14 days of launching a call for evidence on November 9.

On November 29, the ECB announced a 12-point all-inclusive plan to address discrimination, with Harrison admitting that the sport was hit by an “earthquake” following accusations by Rafiq and other racist players at the district level.

The plan includes a review of the ECB’s governance, which will consider whether the sport needs an independent regulator. The effectiveness of its oversight of Yorkshire’s handling of Rafiqu investigations has been questioned by the DCMS.

The whole-game plan will also address locker room culture, try to remove all obstacles that exist on the talent path, and seek to make cricket a more inclusive environment for players and spectators.

The organizations have also set goals for board diversity to include 30 percent women or locally representative ethnic groups by April. Compliance will be subject to the “comply or explain” provision.

The central financing of the ECB could be denied if the minimum standards of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are not met.

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