Rana Naved-ul-Hasan
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (Image: Twitter)

Former Pakistan pace bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has claimed that Yorkshire player, Azeem Rafiq’s allegations regarding racism at the club are true and that he also had to endure the same during his brief stay.

Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan, was also mentioned in Rafiq’s report, where he reveals the names and the alleged racist comments that were made against him. However, in his Daily Telegraph column, Vaughan wrote that the allegations are false, and he never stated, “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it.”

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

I completely and categorically deny that I ever said those words. I take it as the most serious allegation ever put in front of me, and I will fight to the end to prove I am not that person. I have nothing to hide.

“The ‘you lot’ comment never happened. Anyone trying to recollect words said 10 years ago will be fallible, but I am adamant those words were not used,” Vaughan had written.

In response, Naved-ul-Hasan claimed that he knows what Rafiq has had to go through.

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan’s statement:

I fully support what Azeem said, and this has been the case with me as well. I never spoke about it because, as foreigners, we were temporary, and somehow I managed to accept the way it is.”

Azeem Rafiq
Azeem Rafiq (Image Credit: Twitter)

So I just focused on playing cricket. I never wanted to jeopardise my contracts. At times I used to feel bad, but I decided to ignore it because I knew I was not going to live there permanently. But I know what Azeem went through.”

Yorkshire’s chairman Roger Hutton resigned from his position at the club. Headingley was also suspended from hosting any international and major matches. Also, Yorkshire lost a lot of sponsors, including Nike and Emerald.

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