Rafiq to give evidence in parliament over Yorkshire racism allegations

Azeem Rafiq, the player at the centre of the Yorkshire cricket racism story, has been asked to give evidence to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee.

Roger Hutton, the chair of Yorkshire, Mark Arthur, the chief executive, and Martyn Moxon, the club’s director of cricket, have also been called. The hearing will be held on 16 November, according to ESPNCricinfo.

Yorkshire have come under pressure from senior political figures over their handling of Rafiq’s allegations of racism at Headingley, with Sajid Javid, the health secretary, calling for “heads to roll”.

Javid was one of a number of MPs angered by a report on Monday from ESPNCricinfo that revealed the club’s investigation into the issue – previously published only as a summary of findings in September – had concluded the repeated use of the word “Paki” by a senior player, who is still at the club, towards Rafiq was “in the spirit of friendly banter”.

Rafiq first revealed in public last year allegations of racism he says he experienced during his time at the club between 2008 and 2018, with Yorkshire responding by launching an investigation headed by the law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

The summary of the final report upheld seven of Rafiq’s 43 claims – including confirmation he was the “victim of racial harassment and bullying” – and led to an unreserved apology from the club.

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