Yorkshire to be sued by ECB for handling Azeem Rafiq and handling case after seven racism and bullying complaints
- Yorkshire to be sued by the ECB for discrediting the sport
- The charges relate to their handling of the Azeem Rafiq case
- A report confirmed Rafiq’s seven complaints regarding racism in Yorkshire
- The ECB could also open its own investigation into the Rafiq affair
Yorkshire will be charged by the ECB for discrediting the sport over their handling of the Azeem Rafiq case.
An independent report last month confirmed seven complaints from Rafiq of racism and bullying during two spells in Yorkshire, with the club now facing imminent disciplinary charges from the governing body.
The ECB has turned the matter over to their Cricket Dispute Commission, which will reportedly file formal charges against Yorkshire for their handling of Rafiq and subsequent handling of his complaints.
Yorkshire is being charged by the ECB for their handling of the Azeem Rafiq case
An independent report last month confirmed seven complaints from Rafiq related to racism
The club could also face further charges as the ECB is quite frustrated with what they see as Yorkshire’s embezzlement and delaying tactics.
Yorkshire published an eight-page summary of the 100-page report three weeks ago, acknowledging that Rafiq had been a victim of racism and bullying, but have not yet provided the full report to the ECB, despite President Ian Watmore’s public request. they do that at the beginning of august.
ECB lawyers are contesting Yorkshire’s reasons for refusing to share the report, which has been in the club’s possession for nearly two months.
The ECB could also open its own investigation into the Rafiq affair, but would rather rely on the findings of the independent report and let its own disciplinary proceedings run their course.
Yorkshire accepted that Rafiq was the victim of racist harassment and bullying at the club
While the ECB launched an anti-discrimination code earlier this year that appears to have violated Yorkshire, Rafiq’s complaints predate this code by several years, so the club will face an accusation instead. Possible sanctions include a fine, points deduction and the withholding of ECB funding.
Rafiq joined Yorkshire in 2002 as an 11-year-old junior, before having two separate spells as a professional at Headingley between 2008 and 2014 and 2016 and 2018. The seven complaints confirmed by the independent report included three instances of racist language, jokes about his religion and weight amounting to bullying and the club’s failure to take his complaints seriously.
The report also found that Yorkshire had not supplied Rafiq with halal food during matches and that the club could have done more to make Muslims feel more welcome, particularly in the context of complaints of racism and anti-social behavior in Headingley.
In a separate development, Rafiq’s sister Amna has filed a formal complaint against the Yorkshire Cricket Board, as revealed by Sportsmail yesterday.
The 26-year-old is on sick leave from her role as clubs and community development manager at the YCB, which has been running recreational cricket in the county since May, and filed a formal complaint against the board this week.
The complaint is understood on allegations that she felt ostracized and shunned because of her brother’s accusations.
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.’