Leeds, August 23 (IANS) England captain Joe Root has called on English cricket to do more to eradicate racial discrimination from society days after his former Yorkshire team-mate Azeem Rafiq’s complaint was upheld by a panel investigating allegations of racism. imposed on him at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
“I can not really speculate or comment too much on a report I have not seen. But as a former teammate and friend, it’s hard to watch Azeem hurt the way he does, ”Root said during a virtual media interaction.
“More than anything else, it just shows that there is a lot of work we have to do in the game. It is, in my opinion, a societal issue. We have seen it in other sports, we have seen it in other areas, ”Root added.
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club had admitted on Thursday that Rafiq was a victim of racism. The club apologized to the Pakistani-born English cricketer.
The county issued a statement following findings of an investigation by international law firm Squire Patton Boggs, which investigated the player’s allegations.
Some of the allegations of racism were confirmed by the panel.
“As a sport, we have to keep trying to find ways to ensure that this is not a conversation that keeps happening. We need to find ways to create more opportunities, make our games more diverse, educate better, ”Root added.
“I do not think it just comes from players and administrators – it is from everyone in the game. There must be a desire and a will to do so, and that is something we must prioritize as a sport. ”
The 30-year-old skipper in England, who became England’s second highest runner, said the unit’s moment, which began earlier this season, will continue to be England’s response to racism.
“I think it’s really important that we do that. We must continue to show that we must create opportunities to show that sport is for everyone, that we are desperate to make everyone feel welcome in it.
“I know we’ll keep talking about it, but I’m desperate to do something about it, and hopefully in time you can see that it’s going to work.”
The right-handed committed No. 4, said the team needs to do more to eradicate the scourge of racism.
“Hopefully we can do through small things at the moment on the field and around the match, but we have to do more, I understand that.
“We are very committed to doing more – as a team, it is a big focus for us to make the game for everyone and make it the best possible and as accommodating as we can.
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