Rafiq welcomes Ballance apology for ‘unacceptable, racist’ language | Cricket Information – Occasions of India

Azeem Rafiq. (Photograph by Alex Davidson/Getty Pictures)

Azeem Rafiq stated former teammate Gary Ballance has completed cricket and the struggle towards racism a “nice service” by apologising in particular person to him for utilizing racist language whereas the pair performed for Yorkshire.
Ballance, who performed 23 Checks for England and had beforehand apologised to Rafiq in November, added in an announcement revealed in The Cricketer that he had used “unacceptable — at instances, racist — language” in his presence.
“If I had realised how a lot this damage Azeem, I might have stopped instantly,” Ballance stated. “That is why I needed to satisfy him this week and be clear in person who I supposed no malice.
“That is not an excuse, I realise the language I used was unsuitable. I’ve accepted, from the outset, the phrases I used had been unsuitable and I hope this assertion brings Azeem some consolation.
“There isn’t any place in our sport for this behaviour and I’m decided to play my half in ridding the sport from racism and make it extra inclusive. To do that all of us have to be trustworthy and be taught from our previous errors.”
Rafiq, a former England Beneath-19s captain of Pakistani descent, instructed a British parliamentary committee final yr of “inhuman” therapy at Yorkshire and described the game in England as riddled with racism.
On Thursday, he welcomed the apology from Ballance.
“He has completed cricket and the struggle towards racism a terrific service with these phrases,” Rafiq stated. “I might additionally wish to thank those that have been in touch with me privately to apologise for what they witnessed.”
Rafiq added: “Gary has been courageous to confess the reality and I perceive why the psychological pressure has made it tough for him to make this apology any sooner.
“Gary should be applauded for his honesty and unreserved apology and should now be allowed to get on together with his life.”

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