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England v New Zealand: Azeem Rafiq will attend day three of the Headingley Test as Yorkshire’s guest

EXCLUSIVE: Azeem Rafiq will attend day three of the Headingley Test as Yorkshire’s guest… with county set to provide extra security for ex-spinner as both sides look to weather turbulent racism scandal

  • Azeem Rafiq regularly receives offensive and racist messages on social media
  • His complaints of racist abuse while in Yorkshire nearly cost the County Test match
  • His presence on Saturday will therefore be a sign that both sides are moving forward

Azeem Rafiq will attend the third day of the Headingley Test as a guest from Yorkshire in a powerful symbol that he has made peace with the club.

The former off-spinner had raised concerns for his safety during the match as he regularly receives abusive and racist messages from individuals claiming to be Yorkshire supporters, but he has been assured by the club and the ECB that he has the necessary security Will get .

Rafiq’s complaints of racial abuse during his time in Yorkshire – seven of which were confirmed by an independent inquiry – nearly cost the county the right to host the New Zealand test, as the ECB revoked their international hosting rights last year after the club had initially chosen not to take disciplinary action. take action against its abusers.

Azeem Rafiq will attend the third day of the Headingley Test as a Yorkshire guest

Azeem Rafiq will attend the third day of the Headingley Test as a Yorkshire guest

He has been assured by Yorkshire and the ECB that the necessary security will be provided

He has been assured by Yorkshire and the ECB that the necessary security will be provided

The 31-year-old’s presence as a Yorkshire guest on Saturday will therefore be a sign that both sides are moving on after one of the most turbulent episodes in the county’s history.

However, significant divisions remain after 16 staff were sacked by new chairman Lord Patel.

The ECB last week filed new charges against Yorkshire and seven former players, including Michael Vaughan.

It's a sign that both sides are moving forward after a turbulent episode in the county's history

It’s a sign that both sides are moving forward after a turbulent episode in the county’s history

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