Cricket players' union admits failings in Rafiq racism case
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Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive Rob Lynch told British lawmakers on Tuesday that the organisation had made mistakes in how it dealt with Azeem Rafiq's allegations of racism against Yorkshire.
The Pakistan-born former player delivered harrowing testimony to MPs in November in which he said his career had been ended by the abuse he received at the county club.
"PCA have offered support to Azeem throughout his career but clearly with this dispute with Yorkshire we did not meet the standards we needed to and have apologised to him for what went wrong," he said.
Lynch was asked what he learned from Rafiq's testimony three months ago.
"I specifically learned we needed to voice pressure more publicly and more quickly, which in this incidence was with Yorkshire and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board), so if we were in a similar issue again, we would do that," the PCA chief executive said.
The organisation is set to bring in its own independent whistleblower hotline and will also recruit a director of equality, inclusion and diversity.