Azeem Rafiq
Azeem Rafiq. (Picture by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Pictures)

Azeem Rafiq, whose allegations of racism at Yorkshire triggered chaos in English cricket, is ready to go away the nation to safeguard his household from abuse and threats.

The 31-year-old’s household moved to the UK from Pakistan after a enterprise associate of his father was murdered following a bungled kidnapping try. The ex-Yorkshire spinner raised allegations of institutional racism and bullying in September 2020 throughout his stint with Yorkshire.

Rafiq’s allegations adopted a sequence of critiques carried out by the England Cricket Board and it led to a big selection of adjustments within the membership.

Rafiq decides to go away England

The county membership and several other people have been charged in June this yr by the England and Wales Cricket Board. An investigation was made by the governing physique into how the county handled racism allegations. Rafiq had spoken towards the membership over racism following which he has been subjected to ‘threats, assaults and intimidation’.

“From the second I spoke out about my experiences at YCCC, my household and I’ve been subjected to threats, assaults and intimidation,” Rafiq wrote on Twitter. Completely no particular person or their household ought to be made to really feel unsafe, and I urge folks to respect that,” mentioned Rafiq in a tweet earlier this yr.

CCTV footage additionally captured a person defecating within the backyard of his mother and father’ residence, whereas a masked particular person was seen roaming across the property in one other clip. An official investigation is underway by the police to probe the matter.

The ex-spinner made 39 First-Class appearances for Yorkshire throughout his skilled profession. The incidents shared by the cricketer have led to an enormous uproar in English cricket. The previous Yorkshire spinner is because of transfer abroad within the close to future alongside together with his household.

Rafiq was amongst 5 present and former gamers reprimanded by the Cricket Self-discipline Fee (CDC) for social media posts categorised as ‘racist’ in nature. The ex-cricketer issued an apology following the announcement of the disciplinary motion by the board.