New Delhi, 5 December (IANS). Indian top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara also faced racism at the English County Cricket Club Yorkshire.
Several former Yorkshire employees have backed the claims of cricketer Azim Rafiq. Rafiq claimed that he attempted suicide due to racism at the club.
Pujara is currently in Australia, where he will be part of the Indian team in the four-match Test series. Pujara has played for the Yorkshire club in 2015 and 2018.
According to a report by Cricinfo, former Yorkshire employee Taj Butt said, when referring to the Asian community, there were frequent references to taxi drivers and restaurant workers. He used to call everyone of Asian descent as Steve. Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was also called Steve because he could not pronounce his name.
Butt has worked with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation as a Community Development Officer.
In addition to Butt, Tony Bauer has worked as a coach with Yorkshire and was also the cultural diversity officer at the Yorkshire Cricket Board.
He said, many youths had difficulty reconciling in the atmosphere of the dressing room as racist comments were made on them. This impacted his performance and he was accused of causing trouble. This affected performance.
Among the foreign players, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan of Pakistan and Tino Best of the West Indies supported Rafiq’s allegations.
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