Azeem Rafiq Defended in Cricket Racism Hearing Despite Michael Vaughan’s ‘Discrepancy’

Azeem Rafiq was questioned about his two accounts of former England captain Michael Vaughan’s alleged racist remark to him during a hearing in London on Thursday. Rafiq, 32, of Pakistan, first went public in September 2020 with allegations of racism and bullying during his two tenure at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. He told Yorkshire’s initial 2021 probe that Vaughan said to Rafiq and three other players before a game, “There’s too much of you guys, we need to do something about it.

Yet, Vaughan’s attorney highlighted a Wisden interview in which Rafiq reported Vaughan as stating, There’s too many of you guys, we need to have a discussion about it on the The second day of a Cricket Discipline Commission hearing has begun.

There was a blatant mistake in the statement, and I accept full responsibility, Rafiq said.

I’d want to highlight the statement too many of you bunch, which is racist towards a group of Asian players. An action is the second component. There is clearly a disparity.

When questioned about the gap by Vaughan’s lawyer, Christopher Stoner, Rafiq stated, I have no response at all.

Rafiq responded, I know what his voice is like, when asked how he knew it was Vaughan who made the alleged remark.

‘Being played’

He was also asked about a November 2021 encounter at which Rafiq alleged Vaughan offered a apology non-apology.

Michael left for Australia, and his general chat regarding everything was communicated to me, he continued. I felt like I was being played.

According to ECB lawyer Jane Mulcahy, Vaughan made the too many remark on the outfield before a Twenty20 match between Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on June 22, 2009.

Rafiq, Rashid, Rana Naved ul-Hasan, and Ajmal Shahzad were among his Yorkshire teammates.

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