Who is Azeem Rafiq, where is he from? The worst of the racist incidents in England in recent years has been against the famous cricketer Azeem Rafiq. Because Rafiq was exposed to racism by his close friends, team and managers. So, who is Azeem Rafiq, where is he from?
England cricketer Azeem Rafiq said he was subjected to racist attacks during his time at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the club did nothing about it.
In England, cricketer Azeem Rafiq spoke at the session of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons. Expressing his experiences at the club, 30-year-old Rafiq burst into tears as he talked about the "inhumane" treatment he received when his son was stillborn.
He said that when he was with Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard, who he considered to be his "heroes" in the locker room early in his career, he and other Asians were told, "You'll sit there by the toilets," "Elephant scrubbers."
Noting that no one objected to these words, Rafiq said that he was called "Kevin", which is used to insult people of color, and that he was even forced to drink wine for a while.
Expressing that he felt isolated and humiliated at times at the club, Rafiq said that on the first day after the death of his child, he was "torn to pieces" by coach Martyn Moxon.
Rafiq said, "The first day after I lost my son, Martyn Moxon literally put me in a room and tore me to pieces (with his words). I've never seen him talk to anyone at the club like that. Some club officials were ruthless. The phone call I got one day while I was at practice was heartbeat (his son's heart beat) "They weren't really offended when they heard this. I carried my son from the hospital to the cemetery. The treatment that was done to me was not right." said.
The session was interrupted for a while, as Rafiq, who burst into tears, could not continue speaking.
Former teammate Gary Ballance once told another player, "Why are you talking to him? You know he's a Paki (racist expression for people of Pakistani descent)." "This happened in front of my teammates. It happened in front of the coaches," said Rafiq. he said.
Rafiq stated that his experiences cost him his career and his mental health deteriorated.
The cricketer first accused the club of racism in September last year, and the club launched an investigation soon after. However, the club's handling of the matter was criticized, with the report stating that there was "no doubt" that Rafiq had been subjected to racial harassment and bullying. However, while no disciplinary action was taken against anyone, it was argued that the expression "Paki" was a "friendly joke".
WHO IS AZEEM RAFIQ?
Azeem Rafiq, who is of Asian descent, was born at Karachi in Pakistan in 1991 and moved to England in 2001. He grew up in Barnsley in South Yorkshire and attended Holgate School in the town; as a child he played cricket for Barnsley Cricket Club and for Yorkshire schools sides. He was a member of Yorkshire's cricket academy and captained the England under-15 side in 2006.
The same year, Rafiq was the recipient of a Sport England award and came to the attention of England bowling coach David Parsons, who earmarked him as a possible future England bowler. He was Yorkshire's Junior Performer of the Year in 2007 and the club's academy player of the year in 2008 as well as being awarded a Brian Johnston Memorial Trust scholarship. He made his Second XI debut for the county during the same year.