Azeem Rafiq: Yorkshire suspended from hosting England matches

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Headingley hosted the third Test between England & India this summer

The England and Wales Cricket Board has rebuked Yorkshire for its racist response to Azeem Rafiq, an ex-player of Yorkshire Cricket.

A club investigation revealed that Rafiq, a former spinner, had been the victim of racism harassment and bullying. However, it refused to take any action.

According to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the ban will remain in effect until the club has "clearly proven that it can meet expectations".

According to the ECB board, Yorkshire's handling the issue was "clear" and "will cause serious damage to the reputation for the game".

"Given the recent events, it's clear there are serious issues regarding the governance management of YCCC," said the board.

"The club's failure to respond to its own report and to take appropriate actions represents a serious breach of its obligations to the sport."

Gary Ballance from Yorkshire, who admitted to using racist language toward Rafiq, his ex-teammate, was removed indefinitely.

Headingley will host a Test match against New Zealand in 2022 and a one-day international between South Africa and New Zealand in 2022.

Headingley will also host an Ashes Match against Australia in 2023.

On Monday, the fallout from Yorkshire’s response to the racist report was intensified when ESPN Cricinfo reported that Rafiq was frequently referred to as a racist because of his Pakistani heritage. However, the investigation found it was friendly and good-natured banter.

Kit suppliers Nike, as well as several sponsors, have severed ties with the club. A senior MP has also called for the resignation of the Yorkshire board.

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