Former England hitter Alex Hales apologized for “all the offense” he caused after a photo was posted showing him in black makeup.
Hales said he was paying tribute to the late rapper Tupac Shakur at a 2009 New Years Eve party.
In a statement about Instagramadded the 32-year-old who now realizes this was “incredibly disrespectful.”
It comes days after Hales denied any racist connotations when naming his dog, after the accusations of Azeem Rafiq.
Of the photo, published in the Sun, he said: “The theme was the musicians and Tupac is, was and always will be my favorite musician, so I was like him.
“Obviously I realize that this is incredibly disrespectful and I want to apologize for all the offense it has undoubtedly caused.
“It was incredibly reckless and foolish of me, so I want to apologize for that, apologize to the club for the embarrassment it would have caused them.
“I guess my twenties were full of mistakes like that, reckless mistakes off the field that cost me, disappointing my family, disappointing my teammates, disappointing my friends, the close relationships that I had during my twenties.
“I will regret some of those decisions for the rest of my life, and the last few years away from the limelight have given me the opportunity to try to improve myself as a human, to keep improving in cricket, but also improving off the field.
“It is something that I feel I have done and continue to strive for it.”
The Hales, Nottinghamshire club said it had “broadened the scope” of its investigation into his behavior following the publication of the photo.
He had “started the proper internal process” following Rafiq’s testimony about Hales.
In a statement, the club added: “Alex will be subject to the disciplinary process established by the club and has expressed his willingness to participate in the investigation.”
A spokesperson for the Cricket Board of England and Wales (ECB) said: “We strongly condemn any form of discrimination.
“We have procedures in place to address conduct and allegations of this nature and will investigate accordingly. We want cricket to be an inclusive and welcoming game for all.”
On Tuesday, former Yorkshire player Rafiq told a select committee from Digital, Culture, Media and Sport that his former teammate Gary Ballance used the name ‘Kevin’ as a “derogatory” term to refer to any player of color.
Rafiq said Hales named his dog Kevin “because he is black,” an accusation Hales denied “categorically and absolutely.”
In his statement on Friday, Hales added: “Regarding the allegations about the dog, it is an ongoing investigation at the club, so I cannot go into detail with that, but I want to reiterate what I said in my statement. Other day.
“Finally, I deplore all forms of racism and discrimination. I have been very lucky to play all over the world with different backgrounds, with players of different races, different cultures, and I am incredibly lucky to do so and I think it’s great that our game is so diverse and I’m proud to be a part of it. “
The ECB is holding a party-wide meeting in the Oval on Friday, at which its handling of the current racism crisis in sport is likely to draw criticism.
On Thursday, Rafiq, who has spoken of his experiences of racism in Yorkshire, apologized and said he is “deeply ashamed” for using anti-semitic language in Facebook posts from 2011.
The 30-year-old said he had “absolutely no excuse” for the messages.