Yorkshire will not take disciplinary action against former players after Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations

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Yorkshire will not take any disciplinary action against its employees, players or officers following an independent report into allegations of racism by former player Azeem Rafiq, the club said in a statement on Thursday.

Yorkshire’s Azeem Rafiq celebrates Durham’s Ben Stokes wicket (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

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  • Yorkshire will not take disciplinary action against former players after Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations
  • The England and Wales Cricket Council said it had received a copy of the independent report
  • Yorkshire said in their statement the club could learn a lot from the report

The Yorkshire England cricket team will not take any disciplinary action against any of its employees, players or officers despite a report that one of its former captains has been the victim of racial harassment and intimidation, the club said on Thursday .

Azeem Rafiq, a former England Under-19 captain, said in interviews last year that as a Muslim he felt like a “foreigner” during his time in Yorkshire from 2008 to 2018 and that he was about to kill himself.

Yorkshire provided a summary of the report last month, apologizing to Rafiq and accepting that he had suffered racial harassment and intimidation during his first visit to the county between 2008 and 2014.

The county, however, said on Thursday that it had conducted an internal investigation following the report’s findings and had come to the conclusion that there had been no behavior warranting disciplinary action.

“None of this diminishes the importance of the findings or the fact that there is a lot the club can learn from the report,” Yorkshire said in a statement.

“It was important for Azeem to raise the issues and without him we wouldn’t have the Panel’s recommendations which are an important part of the clubs’ continuing journey.”

Rafiq, 30, tweeted: “Wait a minute here So you accept that I was racially harassed and bullied but nobody justifies disciplinary action? Sometimes you just wanna scream !!!! @ECB_cricket come on now !!! Sort that out before me !! “

The England and Wales Cricket Council said it had received a copy of the independent report.

“This is a case with many serious allegations and the ECB’s regulatory team will now consider the report as part of its investigation,” the governing body said.

“We anticipate that it will take time for the regulatory process to be completed, but it is imperative that it is completed in a thorough and fair manner for all parties involved.”

Yorkshire said in their statement there was “a lot the club can learn from the report”.

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