Azeem Rafiq has found himself in yet another controversy as a 22-year-old Gayathri Ajith has alleged the former cricketer for sending her creepy messages when she was a teenager in 2015.
Rafiq recently issued an apology for the anti-Semitic messages which he posted back in 2011 when he was a teenager and after that, he has found himself in yet another matter.
Gayathri Ajit said that she told Rafiq that she was 17 when they met in a plane from Manchester to Dubai in late 2015 and they agreed to have a vodka coke. However, she declined Rafiq when he asked for dinner in Dubai.
Meanwhile, the reports of Yorkshire Post claims that screenshots of messages from a number which belongs to Azeem Rafiq, sent in December 2015, read: “u know what I wanted to do on the plane?” and “I want to grab you push u up against wall and kiss you”.
When she said “do you realise that I’m only 17?” she was asked: “Does tht mean it not allowed to want to kiss me” and “Wud u have let me kiss u?”.
Gayathri Ajith who is now 22 lives in Yorkshire, described the messages as “creepy” and asked: “How do I know that you’re no some absolute pervert”?
Azeem Rafiq’s behaviour towards me was a direct contradiction really of what he said in his testimony – Gayathri Ajith
Meanwhile, Ajith told Yorkshire post that she was shocked by seeing the vulgar messages from Azeem Rafiq. She also said that Rafiq had faced harassment and racism at YCCC but some aspects he has revealed don’t sit right with her. She elaborated:
“I was just kind of shocked by the crudity of those messages. They were just so vulgar, I’m not disputing any of his racism claims, because I’m sure they’re very true experiences. But certain aspects of what he said just don’t really sit right with me.”
“If he was being forced to drink by his teammates, then surely that wouldn’t then mean he would be drinking alone on a flight and encouraging a 17-year-old girl to be drinking with him.”
Gayathri Ajith further elaborated:
“His behaviour towards me was a direct contradiction really of what he said in his testimony,”
“He’s calling for equality and respect, but why is he not embodying that in all aspects? Especially in his tone towards women. It’s hypocrisy. He is being put on this pedestal for inciting systemic change, but he’s really contributing to the problem of the vulgar attitudes towards women. The whole nature of that doesn’t sit right with me.”
Meanwhile, Azeem Rafiq’s spokesperson was also questioned about this matter to which he replied:
“This was put to us late on a Friday evening. We need to look into this, so cannot comment further for now.”
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