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Rafiq calls for Yorkshire racism hearings to be held in public

Azeem Rafiq has written to the Cricket Disciplinary Committee urging them to hear allegations of racism in Yorkshire in public.

The 31-year-old expressed his preference for a public hearing when the England and Wales Cricket Board announced in June that Yorkshire and a number of individuals had been charged over allegations of racism made by Rafiq, and how those allegations had been processed.

the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Rafiq had sent a letter last week calling for the hearings – which are due to take place in the fall – to be held publicly.

It is understood that Rafiq’s letter expressed a loss of faith in the process and also expressed the view that holding the hearings in public would provide transparency and bring closure to those involved.

There is nothing in the CDC rules that says hearings must be held in private.

Only former Yorkshire captain and manager Andrew Gale has confirmed he is one of those charged and has already said he will not take part in the process.

Yorkshire announced last week that they had reached a settlement with Gale over his dismissal last December, accepting that he had been “procedurally unfair”.

Rafiq is set to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee again later this year, after giving harrowing testimony about the abuse he suffered in Yorkshire to the same group of MPs last November.

The committee would be keen to hear from Rafiq again about a campaign to vilify him since that first appearance, and from Lord Patel about attempts to undermine the new Yorkshire regime.

Ideally, the committee also wants an ECB representative present and is prepared to wait until the results of the CDC hearing have been released.

Rafiq said in June when the ECB charges were announced: “It has been another grueling but unfortunately necessary process.

“It’s been two long years since I went public with my experiences, but I hope this all means that no young player will ever experience such pain and alienation again.

“My preference would be for this hearing to take place publicly, but I hope we are at least approaching a point where there is a sense of closure for my family and me.”

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