England cricketer Adil Rashid has come out in support of Azeem Rafiq, after the latter made racism allegations against former England player, Michael Vaughan, in a report.
Vaughan acknowledged that he was included in the report, allegedly saying: “There are too many of you lot; we need to do something about it.” After Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Rashid now becomes the second player to corroborate Rafiq’s claims.
“Racism is a cancer in all walks of life and unfortunately in professional sports too, and is something which of course has to be stamped out. I wanted to concentrate as much as possible on my cricket and to avoid distractions to the detriment of the team but I can confirm Azeem Rafiq’s recollection of Michael Vaughan’s comments to a group of us Asian players,” Rashid’s statement read.
This revelation from a top-flight cricketer all but ensures Vaughan’s reputation and a possible future in broadcasting career will end. He has already been let go from the BBC’s Radio 5 Live program, the Tuffers and Vaughan Show.
“I am more than happy to support any official efforts when the time is right” – Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid went on to state he will coordinate with the official inquiry but for now, his focus remains on playing cricket. He asked for privacy on the issue and that he will not be making further statements on the same.
“I’m encouraged by the fact that a Parliamentary Committee seems to be trying to improve the situation, whether that’s holding people accountable or getting changes made at an institutional level. These can only be positive developments. I will of course be more than happy to support any official efforts when the time is right. For now, though, these matters are of an intensely personal nature and I will not be commenting on them further.”
“I ask you to respect my privacy and allow me to focus on my cricket. I want to thank the ECB, the fans, and especially my teammates for all of their support. We didn’t get the result we wanted in this World Cup, but I hope that the unity of our dressing room and the leadership of our captain [Eoin Morgan] will propel us forward to achieve what we deserve in the future,” Rashid mentioned.
Several board members from the Yorkshire Cricket County have resigned from their positions following the allegations.