Adil Rashid says he also heard Michael Vaughan say ‘there are too many of you lot’ to Asian players


Adil Rashid has said he heard Michael Vaughan using racist language at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The current England spin bowler claimed the former Test captain made the comments to ‘a group of us Asian players’ in 2009.

His remarks bolster allegations raised by Azeem Rafiq and backed up by Pakistani star Rana Naved-ul-Hasan that Vaughan told them: ‘There are too many of you lot.’

It comes as the racism row continues to rip through English cricket, with Essex the latest club to be rocked with accusations.

ECB bosses vowed to investigate claims they failed to pursue allegations at the side that were lodged three years ago.

John Faragher resigned as its chairman following a claim he used racist language at a board meeting in 2017.

The spin bowler claimed the former England captain made the comments to ‘a group of us Asian players’ in 2009

His remarks bolster allegations first raised by Azeem Rafiq and backed up by Rana Naved-ul-Hasan that Vaughan (pictured) told them: ‘There are too many of you lot’

It comes as the racism row continues to rip through English cricket, with Essex the latest club to be rocked with accusations. Pictured: Rafiq

It comes as the racism row continues to rip through English cricket, with Essex the latest club to be rocked with accusations. Pictured: Rafiq

Yorkshire Cricket Club scandal timeline:

2008-2018: Azeem Rafiq spends 10 years at Yorkshire CCC, becoming their youngest-ever captain and first of Asian origin in 2012.

September 2020: Yorkshire launch investigation as Rafiq reveals that ‘deep-rooted’ racism at the club left him ‘close to committing suicide’. ‘I would regularly come home from training and cry all day,’ he said. Accusations included people saying there was ‘too many of you lot’ referring to Rafiq and Asian team-mates.

December 2020: Rafiq files legal claim against the county, claiming he suffered ‘direct discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race, as well as victimisation and detriment as a result of his efforts to address racism at the club’.

June 2021: Report is delayed and Rafiq’s lawyer says the pushbacks ‘create a lack of faith in the entire process’. Employment tribunal is held but parties fail to resolve the dispute.

August 2021: Yorkshire issue ‘profound apologies’ to Rafiq as report finds he was ‘the victim of inappropriate behaviour’. But they do not accept the claim of institutional racism – Rafiq accuses the county of ‘fudging’ his claims and promised he was ‘not going away’.

September 2021: ECB are ‘very concerned’ with the summary of the panel’s findings, with Yorkshire admitting Rafiq was the victim of ‘racial harassment and bullying’. 

But just seven of the 43 allegations made are upheld, with Yorkshire saying they do not intend to publish a full report.

October 2021: Yorkshire say they will not take disciplinary action against any of its employees following the report. Rafiq writes on Twitter that the club is ’embarrassing’, saying it gives a ‘green light’ to racism.

Last week: Details of the report are published by ESPNcricinfo, including a senior player’s admission that he repeatedly used the word ‘P***’ in reference to Rafiq, which was deemed ‘banter’. Health secretary Sajid Javid said ‘heads should roll’, with the Prime Minister asking the ECB to investigate. 

Last week: MailOnline reveals the player was Rafiq’s former Yorkshire team-mate, England batsman Gary Ballance. Sponsors Anchor Butter, Yorkshire Tea and Emerald all cut ties with the club.

What’s next?: Rafiq, Yorkshire now ex-chairman Roger Hutton and director of cricket Martyn Moxon will give evidence to the DCMS committee on November 16. ‘Time for the full truth,’ said Rafiq on Tuesday. Yorkshire are facing commercial pressure with sponsors ending association, while legal claims are still not resolved.

Rashid said he has finally spoken out on the alleged incident with Vaughan in a bid to ‘stamp out the cancer’ of racism in professional sport.

He told the Cricketer: ‘I wanted to concentrate as much as possible on my cricket and to avoid distractions to the detriment of the team but I can confirm Azeem Rafiq’s recollection of Michael Vaughan’s comments to a group of us Asian players.

‘I’m encouraged by the fact that a parliamentary committee seems to be trying to improve the situation, whether that’s holding people accountable or getting changes made at an institutional level.

‘These can only be positive developments. I will of course be more than happy to support any official efforts when the time is right.’

Rafiq, who will give evidence to the DCMS select committee tomorrow, claimed Vaughan said in a 2009 County Championship match: ‘There are too many of you lot. We need to do something about it.’

Ex-Pakistan bowler Naved-ul-Hasan said he backed Rafiq’s claim but former seamer Ajmal Shahzad said he did not hear the exchange at which he was present.

Vaughan was stood down from his BBC Radio 5 Live show after saying he was named in the independent report into Yorkshire’s treatment of Rafiq.

But he is still set to commentate on the Ashes this winter after receiving the backing of Australian rights-holders Fox Sports, who will provide the audio to BT Sport.

BBC executives are nervous of siding with Vaughan due to the sensitivity of the allegations against him.

But the 47-year-old has a long-term contract with Fox, who even paid him last winter despite border restrictions preventing him from travelling to Australia.

Vaughan strongly denied to claims against him, saying in the Telegraph he has ‘nothing to hide’.

Rafiq kickstarted the racism row by launching a fierce backlash to the conclusion of Yorkshire CCC’s probe into his allegations earlier this year.

The club apologised to him and they later reached a settlement in his employment tribunal to try to put the case to bed.

Gary Ballance and Vaughan revealed they were some of the stars accused of being racist between 2008 and 2018.

But Rafiq has continued to blast the club and accused it of being institutionally racist.

England captain Joe Root referenced the probe on Thursday but said he did not recall racism there, leaving Rafiq to fume on Twitter he was ‘disappointed’.

Meanwhile English cricket bosses have vowed to investigate claims they failed to pursue allegations of racism at Essex that were lodged three years ago.

Faragher resigned as Essex chairman following a claim that he used racist language at a board meeting in 2017.

He stepped down despite strongly denying the incident, but the ECB will now examine suggestions the matter was raised with the governing body in 2018.

Yesterday a Muslim cricketer who used to play for Essex claimed on Saturday that some of his team-mates nicknamed him ‘Bomber’ the day after the 9/11 attacks.

Zoheb Sharif, 38, from Leytonstone, east London, also alleges he was called ‘curry muncher’ in his time at Essex as a teenager.

Sharif, whose parents come from Pakistan, told the Mirror: ‘It was a day after the September 11 attacks.

‘People started calling me Bomber. It was normal to be called ‘curry muncher’. As a Muslim, I’d find a quiet outfield corner to pray. A senior player told me ‘it looks bad’. So I prayed in my car.’

Essex pledged a full review into the allegations, but the ECB could also have further questions to answer. 

Michael Vaughan admitted he was named in the Azeem Rafiq report but denied racism claims

The claims follow the club's disastrous handling of the Azeem Rafiq affair

Michael Vaughan admitted he was named in the Azeem Rafiq report but denied racism claims. It was claimed that he told a group of Yorkshire players with Asian heritage — including Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Ajmal Shahzad and Pakistan ‘s Rana Naved — that there were ‘too many of you lot, we need to do something about it’.

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (pictueed) says he is willing to give evidence that Mr Vaughan said 'there's too many of you lot', claiming he was next to Mr Rafiq at Trent Bridge in 2009 when Vaughan is alleged to have said it, according to ESPNcricinfo .

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (pictueed) says he is willing to give evidence that Mr Vaughan said ‘there’s too many of you lot’, claiming he was next to Mr Rafiq at Trent Bridge in 2009 when Vaughan is alleged to have said it, according to ESPNcricinfo .

Gary Ballance apologised after calling his former team-mate Rafiq a ‘P***’ — an epithet Yorkshire concluded was part of ‘friendly and good-natured banter’.

Gary Ballance apologised after calling his former team-mate Rafiq a ‘P***’ — an epithet Yorkshire concluded was part of ‘friendly and good-natured banter’.

Muslim former cricketer Zoheb Sharif who used to play for Essex claimed on Saturday that some of his team-mates nicknamed him 'Bomber' the day after the September 11 attacks

Muslim former cricketer Zoheb Sharif who used to play for Essex claimed on Saturday that some of his team-mates nicknamed him ‘Bomber’ the day after the September 11 attacks

An ECB spokesman said: ‘There is absolutely no place for racism or any form of discrimination in our game.

‘The England and Wales Cricket Board opened an investigation into Essex County Cricket Club after receiving an allegation involving John Faragher, who has subsequently resigned as the club chair.

Which companies have already severed ties with Yorkshire over the toxic racism row?

  • Nike
  • Tetley’s
  • David Lloyd Clubs
  • Emerald Group
  • Yorkshire Tea
  • Anchor Butter
  • Age Partnership
  • Bagnalls
  • Harrogate spring water
  • NIC Services Group  

Pending:

  • JT Ellis (suspended) 
  • Simon Falk eye care (monitoring)
  • Krimpterm (reviewing) 

‘The ECB is taking this allegation extremely seriously. Alongside our investigation we are looking into concerns that the allegation was initially raised with us in 2018.’

His exit follows Mark Arthur, who resigned from his role as chief executive of Yorkshire on Thursday evening.

 The club has already seen ex-chairman Roger Hutton leave and director of cricket Martyn Moxon has been signed off with a ‘stress-related illness’.

First-team coach Andrew Gale is also currently suspended pending an investigation into offensive but unrelated historical tweets.

Essex’s new chief executive John Stephenson said: ‘There is no place for discrimination of any kind at Essex County Cricket Club.

‘This is a proud club with a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and any form of discrimination and, as Essex Cricket’s new chief executive officer, I will not hesitate to uphold those principles and drive out any form of discrimination that is uncovered.’

He added: ‘I am extremely shocked and saddened to hear of historic racial allegations involving a former player, dating back to 2001.’ 

Stephenson only took over day-to-day running of Essex in October and said he first found out about the alleged incident which involved Faragher this week.

He added: ‘I was made aware of this single allegation on Thursday having joined the club four weeks ago.

‘The board met last night [Thursday] during which John Faragher’s resignation was unanimously accepted by the board.

‘We are committed to working with the England & Wales Cricket Board to eradicate discrimination from the game.

‘This is an important first step, but the club must now act further. Our internal reporting mechanisms will be reviewed to ensure that matters such as this are dealt with appropriately and immediately.’

He added: ‘I intend for those next actions to be communicated as soon as possible.’

The ECB’s investigation was opened after a complaint was initially taken up with the governing body.

This was not the case when Rafiq alleged institutional racism at Yorkshire, with the original complaint being taken up with the county and not the ECB.

Gary Ballance: The Zimbabwean-born Harrow-educated English batsman at the centre of the Yorkshire CCC racism scandal

Born in Zimbabwe, where his parents were tobacco farmers, Gary Ballance moved to England during his school years.

Having been schooled at two boarding schools in Zimbabwe, where he was part of the country’s youth cricket set-up, he moved to England in 2006.   

After moving to England, Ballance, who has British roots through his grandparents, one of whom flew for the RAF during World War II, attended the prestigious Harrow School.

While at the public school in North West London he was a cricketing team mate of current Glamorgan batsman Sam Northeast.

Playing for Harrow, a young Ballance showed his cricketing pedigree by scoring a century against Eton College at Lord’s.

He signed for Derbyshire for the 2006 season, playing exclusively in their second XI. He was noted down at the time in cricketing bible Wisden as a ‘real prospect’.

After another season in the second XI, he moved to Yorkshire, where he signed an academy contract which allowed him to study at Leeds Metropolitan University – though he dropped out after a year.  

In 2008 he made his debut for Yorkshire, where he was a room mate of current England Test team captain Joe Root.

He broke into the Yorkshire first team in 2011 and impressed, leading to a selection for the England Lions squad for a limited-overs tour of Australia in February 2013.   

He was the most prolific batsman in Division One in the 2013 season and, after also impressing with the Lions, debuted for England’s Test team against Ireland, in Dublin, in September 2013.

But Ballance, a left handed batsman, failed to impress, getting caught behind without having scored a run. 

Despite his unimpressive debut, he was picked as part of the England side for the 2013-2014 Ashes series against Australia, which England lost 5-0.

Ballance was only selected for the fifth and final test, scoring 25 runs across two innings. 

While he was earning plaudits on the pitch, particularly at county level, Ballance’s life off the pitch was called into question.

He was snapped topless and glassy-eyed in a nightclub in 2014 hours after England were beaten by India – at that point England’s ninth successive test match without a victory.

Then 24, the batsman was carried out of the bar in Nottingham after telling incredulous fans: ‘I’m not a cricketer tonight. I’m just a drunken b*****d.’  

Back on the pitch though, Ballance was impressing. For England, it took him just ten Tests, and 17 innings, to reach 1000 Test runs – the third quickest in English cricketing history.

At the time he averaged 67.93, with four hundreds and five fifties.   

But things turned quickly at the end of 2015, with Ballance having a difficult tour against New Zealand.

And he was dropped after being dismissed for just 14 as England were bowled out for just 103 and suffered a humiliating 405 run defeat to Australia in the second test of the 2015 Ashes series.

He was recalled in 2016 due to Nick Compton’s poor form, and hit a good patch with runs against Pakistan.

But difficult tests against Bangladesh saw him slip out of the England set up once more.  

Ballance was later recalled to play in the first test against South Africa at Lord’s after his form recovered for Yorkshire.

He played the first two tests before a broken thumb ruled him out of the next two matches.  Ballance has not played for England since 2017.

Without the pressure of international cricket, Ballance has continued to impress at County level. 

He is the only player to have finished in the top six run-scorers in the top flight of the County Championship in each of its last three seasons. 

However Ballance missed the entire 2020 domestic season, because of a series of reasons, including suffering from anxiety early in the season, followed by his wife testing positive for Covid-19.

He subsequently missed the start of the 2021 season after a concussion in nets practice. 

Earlier this year, Ballance told Sportsmail how the arrival of his newborn son was keeping his mind off a possible England recall – having impressed with the bat.

He said: ‘Playing for England was brilliant. I loved it. I’d love to have the opportunity again. But I feel you need to be in a good place physically and mentally to play Test cricket. If you’re not, then you can struggle.’

Last year he revealed that after cricket he hoped to return to his family’s farm in Zimbabwe.  

He told the Telegraph and Argus: ‘They always tell you that you’ve got to look forward to the future.

‘Obviously I’ve still got family in Zimbabwe.

‘My dad’s out there, my brother and my mum, and they’ve been looking to buy some cows. Hopefully we can get a good number of cows and I can get a bit of an income for when I retire.

‘My dad’s only just started it up, so I think it’s in single figures at the moment. 

‘Hopefully after a few years we’ll get it up to triple figures. You’ve got to think outside of the box!’

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