Former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq has urged authorities to ‘act now’ and eradicate racism from cricket, insisting ‘lives might be misplaced’ if they don’t.
Earlier this month, Rafiq opened up about his experiences of ‘institutional racism’ whereas enjoying for Yorkshire, revealing the abuse left him on the point of committing suicide.
And talking solely to former England worldwide Darren Gough on talkSPORT, Rafiq has claimed he was reluctant to talk about his struggles in concern that he could be expelled from the game.
“There’s an issue in society,” he advised Drive. “Everybody thought there wasn’t an issue in cricket however you’ve been spherical the sport and I’ve been spherical the sport.
“Cricket is being run by a really intently knit group and lots of issues are being saved beneath the wraps. You’re not likely left with any possibility however to maintain quiet otherwise you’re out of the sport.”
Yorkshire County Cricket Membership (CCC) mentioned that they had launched a proper investigation following Rafiq’s remarks final week.
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And the 29-year-old revealed he’s receiving messages from a present participant on the membership who’s combating comparable abuse.
“The issue is thru all age teams proper as much as the highest,” Rafiq added. “It’s a large fear after I get a message from a present academy participant saying he can relate to it.
“This apprehensive me as a result of proper up till the top I didn’t wish to imagine it, however when a 16-year-old says it that basically issues me.
“I’ve not had an opportunity to reply to it but it surely actually involved me after I bought the message.
“There’s so many individuals who needed to return out and talk about it however didn’t wish to put their neck on the road. That damage me probably the most.”
Rafiq, who was born in Pakistan and moved to England when he was 10, completed by urging authorities to stamp out the abuse that’s prevalent within the recreation, insisting ‘lives might be misplaced’ in the event that they fail to take motion.
“A hell of lots of people noticed what occurred to me,” he mentioned. “I went for assist in lots of completely different locations however nobody was prepared to place their neck on their line to cease these conceited folks from doing what they need.
“They left no stone uncovered to finish me.
“There’s bought to be accountability for this to vary. There’s a purpose I’ve not named names because it loses the aim of what I wish to obtain.
“I’m 29 and really feel like my time has gone. They’ve turned a younger lad who’s so assured, borderline overconfident and conceited into a man who’s actually petrified to go away his home at night time.
“I really feel like my time has gone. It worries me that there might be folks in the identical scenario proper now. We have to act and act now as a result of lives might be misplaced if we don’t.”
You may take heed to Rafiq’s interview with talkSPORT, above…