Pressure mounts on Yorkshire cricket board amid racism outcry

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London (CNN)The president of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (Yorkshire CCC) has been summoned to the UK Parliament to reply questions implicit the club's handling of allegations of "institutional" and "endemic" racism.

Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq made allegations of racism astatine the Yorkshire CCC successful 2020, aft which the nine apologized to Rafiq successful August and said that helium was the "victim of inappropriate behaviour."

At slightest 1 subordinate admitted to regularly utilizing the word 'P**i' erstwhile talking to Rafiq, according to a study seen by ESPNcricinfo and elaborate this week.

    The connection is wide seen arsenic a slur and utilized against radical of South Asian and Middle Eastern root successful Britain.

      An autarkic sheet looked into the claims connected behalf of the club, and portion the Yorkshire CCC issued an apology to Rafiq, cipher was disciplined.

      Azeem Rafiq, pictured present  successful  2016 playing for Yorkshire CCC, made allegations of racism astatine  the nine  successful  2020.

      Lawmaker Julian Knight called the concern "one of the astir repellent and disturbing episodes successful modern cricket history."

      "Given the endemic racism astatine Yorkshire County Cricket Club, I conflict to deliberation of immoderate crushed wherefore ... the committee should stay successful post," Knight, seat of the DCMS prime committee, said connected Twitter.

      Health Secretary Sajid Javid said successful a tweet that "heads should rotation astatine Yorkshire CCC," adding that the word utilized "is not banter."

      "If @ECB_cricket doesn't instrumentality enactment it's not acceptable for purpose," Javid said.

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      A leaked study said that the subordinate accused of racism was exonerated due to the fact that it was seen that this was friendly, good-natured "banter" betwixt the 2 players, ESPN reported.

      Rafiq has accused the nine of organization racism and said that the probe into his allegations of racism "lacked transparency and owed process."

      In a statement released successful August, Yorkshire said: "There were galore allegations made against the Club, astir of which subordinate to a play much than 10 years ago. Many of the allegations were not upheld and for others determination was insufficient grounds for the Panel to marque a determination."

      "It is right, however, to admit from the outset that respective of the allegations made by Azeem were upheld and that sadly, historically, Azeem was the unfortunate of inappropriate behaviour. This is intelligibly unacceptable. We would similar to explicit our profound apologies for this."

      CNN has reached retired for further remark from Yorkshire CCC.

      The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said they had received Yorkshire CCC's study into the racism and bullying allegations Azeem Rafiq made against the club.

      "We are conscious astir the magnitude of clip that Azeem has waited for solution and the toll that indispensable beryllium taking connected his well-being and that of his family. We are atrocious that, arsenic a sport, this has not yet been resolved," they said successful a statement.

        "We volition behaviour a afloat regulatory process that is just to each parties, but besides guarantee this happens arsenic rapidly arsenic possible. To execute this, we person secured the services of a QC, on with different outer investigatory enactment to upweight assets astir our process. The ECB Board has besides reaffirmed its committedness to further further resource, should the probe necessitate it," they added.

        "We are alert that The Select Committee person called Yorkshire's Chair, Roger Hutton, to springiness evidence. In the meantime, we volition property up with our investigation," they said.

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