Monday, December 6, 2021

Adil Rashid confirms allegations of racism against Michael Vaughan, says – happy to support the investigation


London. England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has backed former Yorkshire teammate Azim Rafiq’s allegations of racism against Michael Vaughan, saying he can confirm it. It is said that the comments of the former captain were for Asian players. Rashid, a member of the England team that reached the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, said that he is ready to cooperate with any official investigation to investigate Rafiq’s claims. Rafiq has leveled allegations of institutional racism against Yorkshire. Michael Vaughan was its former captain and Rashid still plays for it.

He claimed that Michael Vaughan told a group of Asian players before a match in 2009 that their numbers were too many and that something had to be done. The alleged incident occurred when Yorkshire was taking the field during a match against Nottinghamshire in 2009. This was Rafiq’s first season as a professional player.
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Rashid was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo, “I wanted to focus on my cricket and not do anything that harms the team but I can confirm that Michael Vaughan made that comment to the group of Asian players.” Was.” He said, “Racism is like cancer in every walk of life. It needs to be eliminated.”

Let us inform that in this case, former England captain Michael Vaughan completely denied these allegations, saying that he ‘fight’ till the end to remove his name from this list. Said that he would fight till the end to prove his innocence. Will fight Vaughan represented the Yorkshire county team from 1991 until his retirement in 2009.

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Vaughan said that in December 2020, 11 years after the alleged incident, he was contacted to speak to a committee that looked into Rafiq’s claims of institutional racism at the club. He had said, “I gave this reply to the committee that I am getting angry after hearing this. This was 11 years after the alleged incident. It was never questioned during that match or in the last 11 years.” He said, “At that time it felt like someone hit me on the head with a brick. I have been playing cricket for 30 years and have never been charged with any such incident or disciplinary offense as a player or commentator.

Tags: Adil Rashid, Azeem Rafiq, Cricket news, Michael vaughan



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