In T-20 World Cup 2021, we witness the Black lives matter movement as all the players from all teams knee down before the match. In certain parts of England, racism is still prevailing as many Indo American and Pakistani Americans suffer from this.
County cricket experienced player Azeem Rafiq is once again in the limelight as he again blames the board for racism. This time he put allegations to the board for discriminating with Cheteshwar Pujara. Alex Hales and other Club members nicknamed Pujara as Steve’s.
In England, Steve is used to denoting the Asian region people. Back in 2018, Cheteshwar Pujara also released a statement stating that he is not comfortable with Yorkshire management and teammates. Gary Ballance of Yorkshire who is also the skipper of the team chooses the playing 11 on the basis of their races.
Lone Warrior Azeem Rafiq fights against racism
For many years Azeem Rafiq is fighting against racism in county cricket. He also complains to the management County cricket management. Yorkshire club denies all the allegations and they release a statement, “There is no conduct or action taken by any of its employees, players or Executives that warrant disciplinary action.”
Although ECB suspense Yorkshire cricket for hosting international matches. Azeem Rafiq also commented that the word Kevin is also used for discriminating slur. Azeem Rafiq praises Joe Root as a good man but criticizes him for not standing against institutional racism.
Tim Bresnan denies Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations but apologizes him for being bullied
Tim Bresnan also comes in favor of Azim Rafiq as he said racism is not winning but still apologies for Rafiq for being bullied. He said, “For any part, I played in contributing to Azeem Rafiq’s experience of feeling bullied at Yorkshire, I apologized unreservedly,” said the former England international.
“I must though categorically deny his accusation that I ‘frequently made racist comments. This is absolutely not true.” Warwickshire says they will investigate Rafiq’s claims and that Bresnan will fully co-operate.
“We are seriously concerned to learn of Azeem’s direct allegations against Tim Bresnan,” read a statement.
“As a result, Warwickshire CCC will seek to talk to Azeem at the earliest opportunity so that we can fully understand the detail of these allegations. We will then talk to Tim to get his perspective.
“This is a delicate matter, as it involves allegations about Tim’s behavior while at another club. However, as we have said before, racism or bullying will not be tolerated here at Warwickshire. And we will not shirk from investigating these matters in full and taking action if necessary.”