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I used to be residing my household’s dream as knowledgeable cricketer, however inside I used to be dying, mentioned Azeem Rafiq.© AFP




Former England U-19 spinner Azeem Rafiq claimed that in his stint with county membership Yorkshire he considered killing himself as a result of alleged racism. “I understand how shut I used to be to committing suicide throughout my time at Yorkshire. I used to be residing my household’s dream as knowledgeable cricketer, however inside I used to be dying. I used to be dreading going to work. I used to be in ache day by day,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Rafiq as saying. The participant additionally alleged that he felt like an outsider within the facet as there was no one from the same background.

“There have been instances I did issues to attempt to slot in that, as a Muslim, I now look again on and remorse. I am not pleased with it in any respect. However as quickly as I ended making an attempt to slot in, I used to be an outsider. There have been no coaches on the employees from the same background who understood what it was like,” he added.

Former Yorkshire skipper Rafiq was very a lot shocked by the membership’s method in direction of his complaint. The participant’s allegations weren’t addressed by the membership authorities.

“Yorkshire does not wish to hear and so they do not wish to change. And a part of the rationale for that’s the individuals who had been concerned within the incidents I am speaking about are nonetheless on the membership. They simply wish to sweep it underneath the carpet,” Rafiq mentioned.

“Take a look at the details and figures. Take a look at a squad {photograph}. Take a look at the coaches. What number of non-white faces do you see? Regardless of the ethnic variety of the cities in Yorkshire, regardless of the love for the sport from Asian communities, how many individuals from these backgrounds are making it into the primary staff?” he added.

The 29-year-old now pursues a profession away from the sport and hopes to “forestall anybody else feeling the identical ache.”

“It is apparent to anybody who cares that there is a downside. Do I feel there may be institutional racism? It is at its peak in my view. It is worse than it is ever been. My solely motivation now could be to stop anybody else feeling the identical ache,” he mentioned.

In line with the ESPNcricinfo report, Yorkshire have to date declined to make a public response to Rafiq”s claims.

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