Azeem Rafiq’s sister files a formal complaint against her employers in the Yorkshire Cricket Board… alleging she feels EXCLUDED over her brother’s bullying and racism allegations in the county
- Yorkshire Cricket Board is in turmoil after receiving a complaint
- Azeem Rafiq’s sister Amna claims to have been banned from her role at the club
- Yorkshire publicly apologized to Azeem after an independent inquiry
- Amna’s troubles with the YCB are believed to have started after Azeem was made public
Azeem Rafiq’s sister has filed a formal complaint against her employer, the Yorkshire Cricket Board, in the latest shock to hit the county.
Sports post has learned that 26-year-old Amna Rafiq has been on sick leave since May from her role as clubs and community development manager at the YCB – the body that runs recreational cricket in the province – and has filed a formal complaint against the board this week.
The complaint alleges that she feels ostracized and shunned because of her brother’s accusations. Former Yorkshire off-spinner Azeem went public in August last year with his allegations of bullying and racism in the county, leading to the club issuing a formal apology to the ex England Under-19 captain early last month following an independent inquiry of one year. .
Yorkshire Cricket Board has received a new complaint from Azeem Rafiq’s sister (pictured)
Amna Rafiq claims she was banned from her role at the Yorkshire Cricket Board over her brother’s allegations
It is believed that Amna’s problems with the YCB started after Azeem went public. The Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the YCB are separate organisations, but the county provides most of the funding for the grassroots organization and they have some of the same directors, including the Yorkshire director, Mark Arthur.
The province was convicted for their handling of Azeem’s charges. He claimed that institutional racism drove him to the brink of suicide. Amna’s complaint would not be accompanied by racism.
The club released an edited version of the independent report into Azeem’s case on the morning of the canceled fifth England-India test at Old Trafford last month, after coming under enormous pressure from the ECB to do so.
Rafiq, pictured playing for Yorkshire in 2017, accused the cricket club of racism and bullying
Yorkshire has upheld Azeem’s complaint in part, admitting that he had been the victim of “racial harassment and bullying”.
On the same day, this newspaper published a report on racial abuse and segregation between white and Asian cricketers and grassroots clubs in the province.
On Thursday evening, the Yorkshire Cricket Board said: ‘The (YCB) believes that internal matters relating to its staff should not be discussed publicly for reasons of employee welfare, confidentiality and data protection.’