Cricketer Azeem Rafiq being called a 'P***' dismissed as 'banter' by Yorkshire

A senior Yorkshire player avoided disciplinary action despite regularly calling his former teammate Azeem Rafiq a ‘P***’, according to reports.

Yorkshire officials have opted against publishing their full findings into allegations of institutional racism made last year by Rafiq, citing legal reasons.

However, the England and Wales Cricket Board has launched its own investigation, which is said to contain full details of the abuse directed towards Rafiq.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the report includes an admission by one player that he used the word ‘P***’ while conversing with Rafiq, which on at least one occasion reduced the player to tears.

Yorkshire concluded that the incidents in question amounted to ‘friendly banter’, and reportedly added: ‘The Panel does not accept that Azeem was offended by (the other player’s) comments, either at the time they were made or subsequently.’

Former England batsman Mark Butcher, responding to the panel’s findings, told The Times: ‘It beggars belief. It’s not only completely tone deaf but totally in denial.’

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