sport news Michael Vaughan breaks his silence amid Azeem Rafiq allegations

sport news Michael Vaughan breaks his silence amid Azeem Rafiq allegations
sport news Michael Vaughan breaks his silence amid Azeem Rafiq allegations
Gary Ballance:

Rafiq said he started medication due to his deteriorating mental health and left Yorkshire for the first time in 2014. When he returned he initially felt settled under captain Alex Lees and coach Jason Gillespie.

'Jason left in 2016 and it just felt the temperature in the room had been turned up,' Rafiq said. 'You had Andrew Gale coming in as coach and Gary Ballance as captain. For the first time I started to see for what it was - I felt isolated, humiliated at times. Constant use of the word 'P***'.'

Rafiq said on a 2017 pre-season tour Ballance had racially abused him. 'We were in a place and Gary Ballance walks over and goes, 'Why are you talking to him? You know he's a P***'. This happened in front of team-mates. It happened in front of coaching staff.'

Gary Ballance  (pictured playing for England against South Africa in July 2017) is among the cricket stars accused of being racist between 2008 and 2018 by Rafiq

Gary Ballance  (pictured playing for England against South Africa in July 2017) is among the cricket stars accused of being racist between 2008 and 2018 by Rafiq

He added: 'He would constantly talk down to me and make racist jokes, designed to undermine me and make me feel small, like coming up and interrupting when I was talking to girls in a club, saying 'don't talk to him, he's a P***'. I remember crying outside a nightclub after his constant racist taunting.

'On those bus trips, he would look out for corner shops and make comments like 'does your dad own these?' Gary would often make comments like this on YCCC [Yorkshire County Cricket Club] bus trips, in the dressing room, or at events — and in front of YCCC coaches, staff and management, including our coach, Andrew Gale, [the coach] Richard Pyrah, director of cricket Martyn Moxon, and club president Dickie Bird. But nothing was said or done to stop it. Instead, they often laughed along.'

Ballance admitted using a 'racial slur' towards Rafiq in a lengthy statement this month, apologising but framing it as part of their friendship. Rafiq told the committee that was not an accurate depiction of their relationship, saying it went downhill from 2013 onwards and had become toxic by 2017.

Alex Hales:

Rafiq also alleged former England batter Alex Hales was involved, saying: 'Gary and Alex Hales got really close to each other when they played for England together. I wasn't present in that dressing room, but what I understand (is) that Alex went on to name his dog 'Kevin' because it was black. It's disgusting how much of a joke it was.'

Alex Hales pictured with ex-girlfriend Danni Gisbourne, who dumped him over claims he had been unfaithful on a cricket tour

Alex Hales pictured with ex-girlfriend Danni Gisbourne, who dumped him over claims he had been unfaithful on a cricket tour

Michael Vaughan:

Asked about Vaughan, Rafiq said: 'Michael might not remember it... three of us, Adil, myself and Rana remember it.

'He clearly had a snippet of my statement. He used his platform at the Daily Telegraph to tell everyone he hadn't said these things. To go on and put a snippet of my statement out and talk about other things, I thought was completely wrong. He probably doesn't remember it because it doesn't mean anything to him.'

Tim Bresnan:

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