Azeem Rafiq accuses Yorkshire of downplaying racism by calling him the sufferer of ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Azeem Rafiq


A former England youth captain, Azeem Rafiq captained Yorkshire in a Twenty20 fixture in 2012

Former player Azeem Rafiq has accused Yorkshire of downplaying racism by calling him the victim of “inappropriate behaviour”.

Yorkshire have offered him their “profound apologies” after “several of the allegations” were upheld in an independent investigation.

“I’m frustrated and pretty angry,” Rafiq told BBC Sport.

“A year of pain, a year of trying to get people to listen, a year of giving people an opportunity to do the right thing and we end up with a statement that turns racism into inappropriate behaviour.”

The independent investigation into allegations commenced in September, with the ECB writing to the club this week to ask for a copy of the findings. The club responded by saying “several of the allegations” were upheld.

Yorkshire have yet to publish the report or the recommendations though they have responded to an ECB request for a timeline of publication by stating an aim to disclose…