The ball-tampering incident has led to a lot of speculation and scrutiny across cricketing circles, but England’s Adil Rashid confirms Azeem Rafiq’s recollection of Michael Vaughan’s comments on the issue. However, he does not think anyone is innocent in this affair.
The first day of the Champions Trophy was a disaster for Rashid. England had to swiftly change their bowling attack after his performance, which led many people to criticise him on social media. However, things are not as bad as they seem-In a Twitter post, Adil Rashid confirmed Michael Vaughan’s recollection of Adil. In the tweet, Rashid said that he ‘had spoken to an old friend about this’ implying that it was not him directly confirming it himself. Previously in his autobiography “Humble Pie”, Vaughan revealed how Rafiq had been discussed as being able to replace Sarfraz Ahmed at the time of Pakistan’s 2010 World Cup campaign but for personal reasons didn’t take up the offer and instead went on to play one-day cricket with England
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Adil Rashid, an England bowler, claims he overheard Michael Vaughan making a racist remark to a gathering of Asian cricketers, making him the third player to do so.
Azeem Rafiq, Rashid’s former Yorkshire teammate, claims Vaughan told him and three other players, “too much of you lot, we need to do something about it.”
Former Pakistan bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan confirmed the accusation, saying “systematic taunting” took place at the club, which Vaughan “totally and definitely rejects.”
Rashid added in a statement to The Cricketer that he could validate what Rafiq had said.
Vaughan reaffirmed his denial on Monday, saying the remark “just never occurred.”
Bowler Ajmal Shahzad, the group’s fourth member, earlier told the Daily Mailexternal-link that he had no recall of the incident and that “the older guys were incredibly friendly to me.”
Inconceivable Vaughan, I would have made a remark.
The statements, according to Vaughan, were allegedly uttered in 2009 when he was still a Yorkshire player, as he previously said in a Daily Telegraph essay.
“I firmly deny speaking the remarks alleged to me by Azeem Rafiq and want to re-state this publicly because the ‘you lot’ phrase simply never occurred,” the former England captain stated in a fresh statement to the Press Association on Monday.
“Anyone who has seen the Sky film of Yorkshire’s pre-match huddle and the contact amongst the players before the game in issue in June 2009 would find it difficult to square those moments with the version of events offered.”
Vaughan recalls the encounter because it was the first time Yorkshire had four players of Asian ancestry in the same side, calling it “an significant milestone for the county and a moment of pride for me personally.”
He described it as “a measure of growth” accomplished over his 16 years with the club, adding that he “made a point of shaking all four players’ hands that day because I recognized it was a big event.”
Vaughan claims he wrote “enthusiastically” about the match in his biography weeks after it happened, claiming it would “be the form of things to come for Yorkshire.”
As a result, he claims, “it’s unfathomable that I would have made the insulting remark ascribed to me.”
“It’s really sad that this absolutely false charge has been leveled against me by a former teammate, allegedly with the cooperation of two other players,” he continued in his Monday statement.
“I’ve spoken with the other six players on that squad, and none of them recalls the insult being uttered.”
“I realize that people’s viewpoints vary, and I sympathize with Azeem Rafiq’s situation, but I hope everyone understands why I can’t let this go unchecked or my image be tarnished unjustly.”
Rashid believes that racism must be eradicated.
Rashid, who has been with Yorkshire since 2006, issued a statement after England’s semi-final appearance in the T20 World Cup.
“Racism is a disease in many aspects of life, including, sadly, professional sports, and it is something that must be eradicated,” he wrote.
“I tried to focus on my cricket as much as possible and avoid distractions that might harm the team, but I can corroborate Azeem Rafiq’s recall of Michael Vaughan’s statements to a group of us Asian players.”
“I’m pleased by the fact that a parliamentary committee seems to be attempting to remedy the issue, whether by holding individuals responsible or enacting institutional reforms.”
“These are unquestionably excellent advances. Of course, once the time comes, I would gladly support any formal initiatives. But, for the time being, they are very personal things, and I will refrain from saying more.”
Yorkshire has a new chair. Rashid’s fortitude in “coming out at what is a terrible and upsetting moment for all those who love this club and the sport of cricket,” according to Lord Patel, is “welcomed.”
Patel reached out to Rashid on Monday to “speak through the concerns as soon as he is ready and able.”
On Tuesday, Rafiq and former Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton will testify before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee.
“This affected me very hard,” Vaughan, who was fired from BBC Radio 5 Live program, wrote in his Daily Telegraph column earlier this month. It felt like a brick had been thrown at my head.
“I’ve been playing and commentating cricket for 30 years and have never been accused of anything like comparable as a player or pundit.”
“I haven’t got anything to conceal.” The ‘you bunch’ remark was never made. Anyone attempting to recall remarks said ten years ago is certain to make mistakes, but I am certain such words were not spoken.
“If Rafiq feels anything was spoken at the time to upset him, then he is correct. It’s tough to remark on that except to say that it grieves me much to think that I may have harmed someone.
“I see it as the most severe charge ever leveled against me, and I will battle to the last end to show that I am not that person.”
Rafiq, who was born in Pakistan and came to England when he was ten years old, spent the most of his career with Yorkshire, where he captained the team in 2012.
Following an initial interview with Wisden in September 2020, Rafiq informed ESPN Cricinfoexternal-link that “institutional prejudice” he witnessed while at the club drove him to contemplate suicide.
He told Sport that he hated “every second” of his career, and that one of his teammates used a racially derogatory slur because of his Pakistani ancestry.
Yorkshire began a formal inquiry into Rafiq’s accusations in September 2020, and Hutton said that the club will conduct a “wider assessment” of its “rules and culture.”
Yorkshire recognized Rafiq was “the victim of improper behavior” – which Rafiq said was downplaying racism – and gave him their “deep apologies” three days after receiving the results of the independent study conducted by law firm Squire Patton Boggs.
Rafiq was a “victim of racial harassment and bullying,” according to the report summary, with seven of the 43 complaints confirmed, however the club stated it couldn’t disclose the complete report due to legal concerns. They said there was insufficient evidence to show the club was racist on a systemic level.
Rafiq questioned the severity of the sanctions meted out to former players and a coach found guilty of using racist comments. He also questioned the investigation’s legitimacy.
Irfan Amjad and Tabassum Bhatti, both former Yorkshire academy players, have now spoken out about their experiences with racism at the club.
Yorkshire’s independent whistleblower hotline went live on Monday, with Littleton Chambers’ Mohinderpal Sethi QC leading the independent investigative process that will look into any claims made via the hotline.
- miriam margolyes
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