Cricket-England's Rashid supports Rafiq allegation against Vaughan

Reuters | Updated: 15-11-2021 18:17 IST | Created: 15-11-2021 18:17 IST
Cricket-England's Rashid supports Rafiq allegation against Vaughan

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has said he heard the country's former captain Michael Vaughan question the number of players of Asian heritage in the Yorkshire side in 2009, an allegation first levelled by Azeem Rafiq. The BBC dropped Vaughan from a radio show earlier this month after he was named in a report looking into allegations of institutional racism at Yorkshire made by former player Rafiq.

Vaughan had earlier said he was alleged to have told Rafiq and two other Asian players that there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" before a Yorkshire match in 2009 and strongly denied making the comment. "I have nothing to hide. The 'you lot' comment never happened," Vaughan wrote in a column for the Daily Telegraph. "Anyone trying to recollect words said 10 years ago will be fallible but I am adamant those words were not used."

Rashid, who has played for Yorkshire since 2006, said in a statement on Monday that he could confirm Rafiq's recollection of Vaughan's comments. "Racism is a cancer in all walks of life and unfortunately in professional sports too, and is something which of course has to be stamped out," Rashid said

"I wanted to concentrate as much as possible on my cricket and to avoid distractions to the detriment of the team but I can confirm Azeem Rafiq's recollection of Michael Vaughan's comments to a group of us Asian players. "I'm encouraged by the fact that a parliamentary committee seems to be trying to improve the situation, whether that's holding people accountable or getting changes made at an institutional level.

"I will of course be more than happy to support any official efforts when the time is right." Rashid is the second player to back Rafiq's version of events with regard to Vaughan, after former Pakistan bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who played for Yorkshire in 2008-2009.

Rafiq's allegations of facing institutional racism while a Yorkshire player between 2008 and 2018 have led an exodus of sponsors and a series of resignations from top executives at the club. The club have also been suspended from hosting international cricket, while Rafiq and senior Yorkshire executives are due to give evidence before a parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) panel on Tuesday.

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