Yorkshire investigates new accusation of racism

Irfan Amjad was 16 years old when he was allegedly used racist language

A former Yorkshire academy player says he was racially abused by a staff member when he was 16 years old, in the latest accusation of racism against the club.

Irfan Amjad, who was later released, claims that a staff member used a term that refers to his Pakistani heritage to criticize his hitting style.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club said in a statement: “It is essential that those who have experienced racism, discrimination and abuse are able to share their experiences.”

“We were not aware of this allegation until now, but we will investigate properly.”

Amjad’s decision to speak to the BBC follows Azeem Rafiq’s details of his experiences in Yorkshire, which he first discussed publicly in September 2020, which left him on the brink of taking his own life.

A report found that former Yorkshire player Rafiq was the victim of “racial harassment and intimidation”, but the club said I would not discipline anyone.

Yorkshire’s handling of the issues raised by Rafiq was widely criticized, and on November 1, ESPN reported that the racist term about Rafiq’s Pakistani heritage was regularly used towards him, but the investigation concluded that it was “a friendly and derogatory joke. Good character”.

On Friday, President Roger Hutton resigned and on Monday, Lord Patel took office, praising Rafiq’s “bravery” as a whistleblower.

Last week, Yorkshire started another investigation after another anonymous former player alleged that he had been subjected to repeated racist abuse at the club.

Relating his alleged experiences, Amjad said: “On one occasion, we were playing a home game and I had played an attack shot while batting, the ball went up in the air and I was caught.

“I was on my way to the dressing room and when I came in, when I started to take off my helmet and pads, the guy marched in through the door and looked me in the eye.”

At this point, the individual used the term racist in reference to “a typical shot” played by those of Pakistani origin.

Amjad added: “And he just left. I was stunned, I didn’t know what to do and I was shocked. I had never been racially insulted directly like that to the face. I didn’t know what to do.

“Even before the incident I felt distant, it happened and then I felt isolated after that. Moving forward, I didn’t feel like I would be able to speak or give my opinion on the game in team meetings.

“It crosses your mind [reporting it] But I was a 16-year-old boy and I didn’t know what to do. I kept it to myself.

“No one else shared their experiences with me and I didn’t share mine either. If I opened up, those who experienced similar problems may have opened up as well.”

It is the latest accusation of racism to come to light in Yorkshire following the details of the Rafiq story.

Ex-seamer from Pakistan Naved-ul-Hasan frog he was the second player to allege racism in Yorkshire, saying “systematic ridicule” took place at the club.

Last Friday, President of Yorkshire Roger hutton was one of several board members who resigned over the club’s response to the racism experienced by Rafiq.

On Monday, new Lord Patel chair He said Rafiq “should be commended” for his bravery and “should never have been through” the Yorkshire racism scandal.


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