hyderabad cricket betting newsAzeem Rafiq hits out at ECB for lack of support over racism scandal： ?have been driven out of the country?
Azeem Rafiq has told MPs that he has not received any support from the England and Wales Cricket Board since he first gave evidence of the racism he faced while at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
The former bowler appeared before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee on Tuesday for the first time since November 2021 and said he has been forced to leave the UK because of the abuse he has received.
Rafiq gave powerful testimony to the DCMS last November about his experience of abuse and bullying at Yorkshire, and spoke to the committee again, detailing the fallout of last year’s testimony.
”I haven’t felt supported at all. In the last couple of months, I have received 24/7 security, but I have been forced to leave. Providing of security has been good throughout, but there was no protection at times,” the 31-year-old said.
Rafiq says fresh allegations are ‘co-ordinated campaign of lies'”I have felt even the ECB has been involved in the leaking and planting of stories about me. My medical information and data has been shared. I have made that point to the new chair [Richard Thompson, appointed in August 2022].
”I have felt that when there has been any chance to discredit my experiences, I felt like even the ECB has tried to do that. For me, I don’t think it’s about individuals. The structural problems within cricket are a lot bigger.
”If I was to look at 13 months on from me opening my heart out, all that’s changed really is that me and my family have been driven out of the country. And that’s a sad element of it.”
Rafiq recounted some of the abuse he has received, including a man defecating outside his parents’ house.
He added: “The way I’ve been attacked and abused, why would you speak out? I’ve got a little hope in the new (ECB) leadership, but it’s very little at the minute.”
In June, the ECB charged a number of individuals in relation to Rafiq’s allegations of abuse, along with Yorkshire for its handling of those allegations.
However, the Cricket Discipline Commission has yet to hear the case after a dispute over whether it should take place in public or private.
During his latest testimony, Rafiq, who apologised for historical antisemitic social media posts last year, was critical of the “cricket establishment”, who tried to make “this about me and a lot of it was to stop other people from coming forward”.
He also criticised the Yorkshire Post for a series of articles which he felt tried to discredit him.
In an unprecedented development, the HCA members opposing Azhar conducted a Special General Meeting (SGM) of the body on the road outside the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday as the gates of the stadium were locked allegedly on Azhar’s order. According to the HCA members, this is the first time in the 88-year history of the association that the meeting was held on the road.
Former HCA secretary Shivlal Yadav, former presidents Asrhad Ayub and G. Vinod were among the 172 of 220 members who attended the SGM. Stating that Azhar was no longer the HCA president as his term ended on November 28, they unanimously decided to conduct the elections for the new apex council. The SGM passed a resolution appointing former chief election commissioner V.S. Sampat as the election officer. He had also served as the election officer in 2019 when Azhar was elected the president.?Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma Likely to Lose Central Contracts of BCCI, Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill Set for Promotion
Shivlal Yadav slammed Azhar for locking the stadium and reminded the former Indian captain that he had no role in construction of the stadium. “Those who worked day and night for this stadium were locked out. This is shameful,” he said. The members also lodged a complaint with the police against staffers who locked the stadium. However, Azharuddin remained defiant and termed the SGM illegal. “Conducting a meeting without obtaining the permission of the Supervisory Committee is inherently illegal & does not have any sanctity,” he said in a statement. He pointed out that the supervisory committee was appointed by the Supreme Court, and the High Court of Telangana has been instructing petitioners seeking relief on matters connected with HCA to petition the supervisory committee.
For the SGM, Vinod and Arshad Ayub had approached Rachakonda police to make the security arrangements. However, the police advised them to approach the supervisory committee constituted by the Supreme Court to monitor day to day activities of the HCA. HCA posted on its website the letter from Rachakonda police in support of its claim that the SGM hyderabad cricket betting newsHCA Elections： Mohammad Azharuddin Remains Defiant Despite Facing Open Revolt in Hyderabad Cricket Association was illegal.
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