England Test captain Joe Root has stated that he hopes to discuss the former Yorkshire player’s allegations of the club’s institutional racism with Azim Rafik after the Ashes series against Australia next month.
Rafik is a 30-year-old former England under-19 captain. He has Pakistani descent and played for Yorkshire in the 2008-14 season. He told the British Parliamentary Committee this month that he had suffered “inhumane” treatment during his tenure in the county. .
Yorkshire player Root said he had never witnessed racist incidents at the club with his own eyes, which prompted Rafik to say he was “very hurt” by these words.
“Since then, we have exchanged several pieces of information… I hope that when we finish this tour, we will have the opportunity to sit down and discuss the whole situation and discuss how we can move the game forward,” Rutte told reporters.
“While talking to Azeem, I also want to talk to Kamlesh Patel (Chairman of Yorkshire)… The important thing is that we are constantly looking for ways to improve the sport, and to find ways to make things better and make real Change.”
Root played against Australia for the first time in five Ash Tests that began on December 8. He said he insisted that he did not witness the statement of racism in Yorkshire.
“If they are my negligence, then this is an area that we all must learn, and I must learn too,” Root added.
“I think about what has happened since then. Something has happened on the cricket court and I feel like I have stepped in and said things.
“That comes from growth and learning, understanding and education. I also need to receive further education and further develop myself. In our game…everyone does this.”