Joe Root stands by assertion he never witnessed racist behaviour at Yorkshire

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Joy Root stood by his claim that he had never witnessed racist behavior in Yorkshire.

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England captain Root was speaking publicly for the first time after shocking claims of racism and bullying by former teammate Azim Rafiq.

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Joe Root denies seeing racism in Yorkshire despite Azeem Rafiq’s testimonycredit: getty
Root and Rafiq, third and second right, were teammates at Headingley.

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Root and Rafiq, third and second right, were teammates at Headingley.credit: Rex

He also revealed that he has been in touch with Rafiq since his appearance before the DCMS committee and will meet him after the Ashes tour.

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Rafiq said it was “hurtful” and “weird” that Root, in a statement on November 11, insisted that he had no recollection of such incidents – especially on a night out when Root’s one-time flatmate Gary Balance. had abused Rafiq during his verbal boycott.

Root highlighted an incident against West Indies in 2019 when he slammed fast bowler Shannon Gabriel for an alleged homophobic remark.

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Root insisted: “I stand by what I said. I don’t remember those incidents. If they are a mistake on my part then this is an area from which we all have to learn and I will have to learn from it.

“There is still further education that I need to develop myself and I think everyone does.

“There have been other things on the cricket field where I feel like I have stepped in and thrown things out. For example what happened in West Indies a few years back.


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“We are talking about racism on this topic, but we want to stamp out all forms of discrimination as much as possible.”

Root said: “Azeem and I exchanged some messages recently, and hopefully when we end this tour we will have a chance to sit down and talk about the whole situation.

“With speaking to Azeem, I mentioned in my statement that I wanted to speak to Lord Patel (the New Yorkshire chair) – and those conversations have begun.

“It’s important that we keep looking for ways to improve the game.”

Rafiq shares his experiences in DCMS committee and will meet England captain after Ashes

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Rafiq shares his experiences in DCMS committee and will meet England captain after Ashescredit: AFP

Azeem Rafiq has described the racist behavior he faced while playing for Yorkshire Cricket Club

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