Azeem Rafiq apologizes for antisemitic messages as racism crisis shook the cricket world

“I am ashamed of this purchase and have now deleted it so as not to offend it further,” Rafiq said.

“I was 19 at the time and I hope and believe that I am a different person today. I am incredibly angry with myself and I apologize to the Jewish community and to anyone who is rightly offended by this.”

Rafiq, a former under-19 England captain, testified in tears at a parliamentary session on Tuesday about his experiences of racism and bullying while playing for Yorkshire.

The England and Wales Cricket Board is suspending Yorkshire’s hosting of international matches over the “totally unacceptable” response to the racism Rafiq faced, while some of the club’s sponsors are ending deals.

On Thursday, British sports minister Nigel Huddleston called for cricket to “get his house in order”, raising the possibility of independent regulation otherwise.

As the crisis of racism continues in English cricket, the Somerset County Cricket Club scolded Jack Brooks on Thursday for the speed bowler’s historic social media posts containing racist language. The club described their comments as “unacceptable”.

Somerset alleged that Brooks used the name “Steve” to refer to two tweets sent in 2012 when he was playing for Northamptonshire and Cheteshwar Pujara while the Indian Test batsman was in Yorkshire.

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In a statement from the club, it was stated that the 37-year-old Brooks was “embarrassed and embarrassed that his comments offended people” and that the player will now participate in diversity and inclusion training.

“He acknowledged that the content of the posts made about ten years ago when he was still immature was wrong and did not conform to his personal values,” the statement said.

“Jack was honest and open throughout the investigation and apologizes unconditionally for past mistakes.”

“I acknowledge that the language used in the two tweets I sent in 2012 was unacceptable, and I deeply regret using it,” Brooks said in a statement.

“To anyone who may have seen these tweets, I apologize unconditionally for any criminal motive.”

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