Azeem Rafiq: Report by Yorkshire finds former participant was “sufferer of racial harassment and bullying”

Azeem Rafiq

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

Azeem Rafiq was the “victim of racial harassment and bullying,” according to the findings released from a report by his former club Yorkshire.

Seven of the 43 allegations made by the player have been upheld by an independent panel.

Yorkshire chair Roger Hutton offered the club’s “profound and unreserved apologies” to Rafiq and his family.

“There is no question that Azeem Rafiq, during his first spell as a player at YCCC, was the victim of racial harassment,” Hutton said in a statement. “He was also subsequently the victim of bullying.”

Yorkshire have released a summary of the panel’s report and recommendations but said the full report can not be released for legal reasons “in relation to privacy law and defamation”.

According to Hutton, the report said there was “insufficient evidence to conclude that Yorkshire County Cricket Club is institutionally racist.”

What is the background?

In September…