London. Former Yorkshire cricketer Azim Rafiq on Tuesday called Joe Root a “good man” but expressed his disappointment that the England Test captain ignored racism. Rafiq spoke about his experiences of racism and favoritism at the club during a hearing in front of UK MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee (DCMS). Root recently condemned racism in Yorkshire County.
Azim Rafiq said during the hearing, ‘Joe Root is a good person. He never used racial language. I felt worse because he lived with Gary Balance. Maybe he doesn’t remember. Balance, a former England international, admitted that he had called Rafiq a paki (a term used for Pakistanis), but added that he said it in a friendly joke. Earlier, Root said that such an incident had never happened in front of him.
Paki was called
Azim Rafiq said that he was often called ‘Paki’ while playing for Yorkshire and the authorities did not take any action against it. So much so that he said that when he was 15 years old, he was also forced to drink alcohol. This incident happened to me in the local club. Not only this, after that I felt that without alcohol I would not get a place in the Yorkshire team.
the word kevin used
Azim Rafiq said in his statement that players of Asian origin were called by the name Kevin. He said that Gary Balance used to call people of other colors by the name Kevin. His friend and international cricketer Alex Hales even named his dog Kevin. He said that I had only one objective, to play cricket for England, but for this I had to pay a big price.