British-Pakistani cricketer, Azeem Rafique, made the headlines earlier this month when he accused Yorkshire County Cricket Membership of deep-rooted institutional racism. Former Pakistani quick bowler, Rana Naved ul-Hasan has backed Azeem’s declare, saying he was witness to the systematic racism whereas taking part in for the membership.
Rana Naved said that he was a sufferer of discrimination as the house supporters used to ‘hoot’ at him whereas he was taking part in for Yorkshire in 2008 and 2009. He backed the statements made by his fellow cricketer, including that Azeem used to speak to him about such racist incidents.
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Whereas speaking to ESPNCricinfo Rana stated, “I totally assist what Azeem stated and this has been the case with me as properly”.
I by no means spoke about it as a result of, as foreigners, we had been non permanent and by some means I managed to just accept the best way it’s. There was systematic taunting. To us as abroad gamers from Asia, if you end up not capable of carry out, the house crowd which ought to be supporting us, as a substitute began hooting and would taunt us with racist slurs like ‘Paki’.
Rana additionally performed for Surrey and Derbyshire, however in response to him, he skilled such incidents at Yorkshire solely. He said that different worldwide gamers have additionally confronted racism at different golf equipment.
Azeem Rafique said final month that he contemplated suicide due to the racial abuse at Yorkshire. Following the assertion, Yorkshire appointed an unbiased legislation agency to analyze the allegations.
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Former West Indian quick bowler, Tino Finest, additionally backed the claims of racial discrimination. In line with Finest, gamers of Asian descent had been a goal of racism throughout his stint in Yorkshire in 2010.
The statements by former cricketers have rocked the England Cricket Board and it’s reported that ECB is finishing up an investigation after allegations of discrimination by one of many ECB officers in direction of a Pakistani descent participant.
The incident passed off South Yorkshire Cricket League when the accused known as an opposition participant by a racist slur ‘Paki’. The match was deserted because the workforce refused to take the sector.