Azeem Rafiq: ‘Heads should roll’ at Yorkshire over report into racism …

A former England youth captain, Azeem Rafiq captained Yorkshire in a Twenty20 fixture in 2012

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid says “heads should roll” at Yorkshire County Cricket Club after a leaked report emerged seemingly containing details of the investigation into the treatment of Azeem Rafiq.

A story published by ESPN says the report had concluded that a racially offensive term used towards Rafiq was regarded as “banter”.

The investigation found that Rafiq was the “victim of racial harassment and bullying” – however, Yorkshire has said no disciplinary action will be taken.

YCCC has been contacted for comment.

Javid additional that if the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) does not take action “it’s not fit for purpose”. He further stated in a Twitter post that the term allegedly used to describe Rafiq was “not banter”.

The ECB has begun its own investigation and a spokesperson said: “There are many serious allegations involved and the ECB’s regulatory team are considering the report as one part of this current investigation.”

MPs want to quiz Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton about the handling of the club’s investigation.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee says it wants “a much fuller explanation than we have had so far”.

Last year Rafiq claimed “institutional racism” at the club left him close to taking his own life.external-link

Seven of the 43 allegations were upheld in a report by an independent panel.

Hutton apologised to Rafiq, who left Headingley in 2018, saying there was “no question” that during his first spell at the club he had been “the victim of racial harassment”.

However, the club recently said it will not take disciplinary action against any player, employee or executive over the harassment.

“We are extremely concerned by recent reports about the without of action against individuals following the findings,” said DCMS chair Julian Knight.

“This is extremely concerning and it’s clear that Yorkshire County Cricket Club has questions to answer.

“We have observed developments around the club’s handling of the serious allegations made by Azeem Rafiq.

“We want to see much greater transparency from YCCC – it is time for them to answer their critics.

“We intend to call the chair of the club before the DCMS committee to give a much fuller explanation than we have had so far.”

Knight later tweet a call for Yorkshire’s board to resign, calling it “one of the most repellent and disturbing episodes in modern cricket history”.

A DCMS statement additional: “MPs are expected to consider what actions should follow.

“Senior management from the club will also be invited to attend the session.”

Rafiq received a heavily redacted version of the findings of the report into his allegations after Yorkshire missed the Friday, 8 October deadline by which it had been ordered to release it in complete by an employment estimate.

The club said it has provided a copy of the report to the ECB and is “working with them on their investigation into the issues raised”.

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