Azeem Rafiq: Yorkshire calls board meeting for Friday to discuss racism allegations

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Azeem Rafiq, a former England youth captain, played for Yorkshire in two spells. He captained Yorkshire in a Twenty20 fixture last year.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club called an unscheduled meeting of its board for Friday, to discuss the ongoing fallout from Azeem Rasiq's racist allegations.

This week, sponsors have terminated partnerships with Yorkshire and a senior member of parliament has asked for the board's resignation.

An investigation revealed that Rafiq, a former spinner, was the victim of bullying and racial harassment at the club.

Yorkshire previously stated that it would not take disciplinary action against its employees or players.

Yorkshire had also conducted an investigation into the findings in the independent report.

The fallout grew when Rafiq was accused of using a racial term about his Pakistani heritage to insult him on Monday. However, an investigation found that it was actually friendly and pleasant banter.

Gary Ballance, Rafiq’s former teammate, claims that he was responsible some of the racist language Rafiq was exposed to.

Julian Knight MP, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee (DCMS), has asked the Yorkshire board for its resignation.

High ranking officials from Yorkshire were also invited to the DCMS select committee hearing held on 16 November.

Rafiq will also testify at the hearing.

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