Former England captain Michael Vaughan has categorically denied an accusation of racism made against him by former Yorkshire team-mate Azeem Rafiq; This article contains comments some readers may find upsetting
Last Updated: 15/11/21 8:40am
Adil Rashid has corroborated an accusation of racism against former England captain Michael Vaughan made by their former Yorkshire team-mate Azeem Rafiq.
Rafiq made allegations of institutional racism against Yorkshire, whom he and Rashid played for along with former captain Vaughan.
Rafiq claimed that Vaughan said to a group of the team’s Asian players that there were “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it” before a match in 2009.
Vaughan has categorically denied Rafiq’s allegation. Vaughan has been stood down from his BBC 5 Live show.
Rashid, who is a key member of England’s limited-overs squads and has been representing his country at the T20 World Cup, has now spoken about the case, which has already led to the resignations of Yorkshire chair Roger Hutton and chief executive Mark Arthur.
Rashid told The Cricketer. “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.”
Sky Sports News has approached Vaughan, Yorkshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board for further comment.
Adil Rashid’s statement in full
“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.
“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.
“These can only be positive developments. I will of course be more than happy to support any official efforts when the time is right. For now, though, these matters are of an intensely personal nature and I will not be commenting on them further. I ask you to respect my privacy and allow me to focus on my cricket.
“I want to thank the ECB, the fans and especially my teammates for all of their support. We didn’t get the result we wanted in this World Cup, but I hope that the unity of our dressing room and the leadership of our captain will propel us forward to achieve what we deserve in the future.”
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