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ECB Asks England Players To Not Speak To Media Amid Racism Row: Reports

With lower than three weeks to go for the Ashes collection in Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has requested its gamers to not converse to the media for now, following the revelations of the racism problem by Azeem Rafiq.

Azeem Rafiq’s testimony to a parliamentary listening to about racism at Yorkshire County Cricket Club has shaken English cricket. Rafiq’s spoke to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee, recounting the stunning situations of racist remedy he had suffered over time at Yorkshire.

Rafiq alleged that Gary Ballance and Alex Hales had been utilizing the time period ‘Kevin’ for black individuals with the latter additionally naming his black canine as ‘Kevin’.

Joe Root. (Photo: Twitter)

Also, plenty of gamers at the moment in England’s squad for the Ashes collection play their county cricket at Rafiq’s former membership, together with Jonny Bairstow and captain Joe Root.

Joe Root is an efficient man, he’s by no means engaged in racist language: Azeem Rafiq

Speaking about racism at Yorkshire, Rafiq termed England captain Joe Root as a “good man” who was by no means a part of that racist tradition. However, he discovered Root’s feedback that he by no means witnessed racism at Yorkshire as “hurtful”.

When was requested if he had seen any incidents of racism on the membership, Joe Root stated: “Not that I can recall, no I can’t.”

Rafiq stated that the comment was “strange”, however solely emphasised how “normal” using such language was on the membership.

Azeem Rafiq[photo: Twitter]

“To be clear, Root is a good man. He’s never engaged in racist language. I found [his statement] hurtful, because Rooty was not only Gary’s housemate but, before he started playing for England, he was involved in a lot of those socialising nights out where I’d been called a P**i,” Rafiq stated.

“He might not remember it, but it just shows how normal it was in that environment, in that institution, that even a good man like him doesn’t see it for what it is. It was strange, but it’s the environment and the institution that made it such a norm that people don’t remember it. And it’s not going to affect Joe. It’s something I remember every day. But I don’t expect Joe to.”

Australian cricket can also be in a state of shock as Tim Paine has stepped down from Test captaincy after the emergence of the specific messages to a feminine co-worker from 4 years in the past.

The 2021/22 Ashes is ready to start out on December 8 in Brisbane.

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