Yorkshire racism scandal: Joe Root says Azeem Rafiq case has ‘fractured’ cricket | Cricket News

Report found former player Azeem Rafiq was victim of “racial harassment and bullying” at Yorkshire; ECB suspended club’s right to host international matches; several sponsors have ended their association

Last Updated: 11/11/21 10:01am

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Joe Root says the Yorkshire racism scandal has “fractured our game and torn lives apart” and will offer his support to the club in a bid to “make the sport I love better for everyone”.

A report found former player Azeem Rafiq was a victim of “racial harassment and bullying” at Yorkshire but the club said it would not discipline anyone.

Yorkshire have been widely criticised, with the England and Wales Cricket Board suspending their right to host international matches and other major games, while several sponsors have ended their association.

In a statement addressing the matter, Root said: “In my capacity as England captain and as a senior player at Yorkshire, I feel compelled to address the current situation that has consumed the sport and YCCC.

“I just want the sport to be a place where everyone is enjoying it for the beautiful game it is and feels equal and safe. It hurts knowing this has happened at YCCC so close to home. It’s my club that I care passionately about it. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting. There is no debate about racism, no one side or other. It is simply intolerable.

“These events have fractured our game and torn lives apart. We must now recover and come back together as fans, players, media, and those who work within cricket. We have an opportunity to make the sport I love better for everyone.

“I want to see change and actions that will see YCCC rise from this with a culture that harnesses a diverse environment with trust across all communities that support cricket in the county.

“We need to educate, unify and reset. I will reach out to YCCC new Chair, Lord Patel, to offer support however I’m able.”

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