The 29-year-old Rafiq, who was born in Karachi and in addition captained the membership, mentioned he misplaced “faith in humanity” after the membership turned a blind eye to his complaints of racist behaviour and was “close to committing suidice” throughout his stint with Yorkshire from 2016 to 2018.
However, Pugh mentioned Rafiq is the one particular person with whom he had points throughout his stint with Yorkshire.
“…I read that Azeem Rafiq had made allegations of ‘institutional racism’ at Yorkshire CCC. Of course, I am not in a position to comment on these allegations, but that they should come from him does not surprise me,” he wrote in a weblog publish within the membership’s web site.
“I’ve had contact with Azeem each as an umpire and an administrator, and located him very troublesome to cope with – being each discourteous and disrespectful.
Indeed, over the 5 years wherein now we have been in existence, he’s the one particular person in our league that I’ve had any points with. Several of our umpires and one among our golf equipment additionally had issues with him in 2016, when he was again with YCCC,” he added.
Pugh, a retired civil servant and a former league umpire, mentioned he additionally “wrote to the club to draw attention to his (Rafiq’s) behaviour.”
“I am not a religious man, but a biblical quote seems to me apt here. It is, ‘as ye sow, so shall ye reap.'” Yorkshire on Thursday launched an investigation into the racism allegations made by Rafiq and a wider overview of the membership’s insurance policies and tradition. The famend county cricket membership have requested the impartial legislation agency, Squire Patton Boggs, to probe the matter.
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