Azeem to ‘leave Britain’ after abuse following cricket racism scandal


Azeem Rafiq, whose allegations of racism plunged English cricket into crisis, is leaving Britain to protect his family from further abuse and intimidation, a report said on Friday.

Rafiq, a player of Pakistani descent and a former captain of the England Under-19s, is due to move overseas in the near future with his wife, children and parents, the Cricketer magazine reported.

The former player first raised allegations of ra-cism and bullying in September 2020, related to his two spells at Yorkshire, which eventually led to a mass clear-out of senior boardroom figures and coaching staff.

Rafiq, 31, gave harrowing testimony to a com-mittee of lawmakers about his treatment in November last year.

The club and a number of individuals were charged in June this year by the England and Wales Cricket Board following an investigation by the governing body into how the county dealt with the racism allegations.—AFP


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