Rafiq ‘extremely proud’ of Haq, Sheikh for talking up on racism


On this file video seize from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament´s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) taken on November 16, 2021 former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq testifies in entrance of a Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee in London as MPs probe racial harassment on the membership. — AFP

Azeem Rafiq stated he was “extremely proud” of former Scotland cricketers Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh for talking out in regards to the racist abuse that they had suffered of their careers, which led to a damning assessment into Cricket Scotland.

The assessment, which was backed by SportScotland, was revealed on Monday and stated the governance and management practices of Cricket Scotland have been “institutionally racist”. 

It was commissioned after Haq and Sheikh spoke out in regards to the abuse that they had suffered, with each gamers saying they have been handled otherwise because of the color of their pores and skin.

Rafiq, whose allegations of institutional racism at Yorkshire rocked English cricket final yr, pressured the significance of reaching out to people who had suffered abuse earlier than shifting ahead.

“I am simply extremely pleased with them and everybody else that performed an element within the assessment,” Rafiq advised Sky Sports activities on Monday. “I hope at the moment provides them some sense of closure and that they have been absolutely vindicated.”

“There’s lots of people which have suffered numerous abuse over numerous years,” Rafiq stated.

“There’s received to be an try and construct these bridges again, communicate to them, re-engage them, apologise. As soon as that’s accomplished, and solely then, it is necessary to look to the longer term — and the way we try this.”

After Rafiq spoke in regards to the discrimination he confronted whereas at Yorkshire, the British government-backed calls to restrict public funding for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) except they have been in a position to reveal progress in eliminating racism. 

Nevertheless, Rafiq stated slicing Cricket Scotland’s funding was not vital at this stage.

“If there’s an acceptance and an apology, then they must be supported to ensure the change comes and comes faster,” Rafiq stated.

“If issues do not change and if there is a resistance to alter, then I feel at that time SportScotland want to return down lots harsher.”



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