#sports activities The ECB cleared Alex Hales of racism without interviewing him following shocking Rafiq allegations
EXCLUSIVE: The ECB cleared Alex Hales of racism without interviewing him following shocking allegations made by Azeem Rafiq… because the Nottinghamshire batsman is recalled to England’s T20 facet
- Azeem Rafiq alleged Kevin was extensively utilized by England gamers as a time period for folks from black and Asian backgrounds
- He alleged it will definitely led to Alex Hales naming his black canine with similar offensive nickname
- But the Nottinghamshire batsman solely despatched in a written submission to the ECB however made a press release denying the claims
- The governing physique took no additional motion and didn’t request an interview
Alex Hales was cleared by the ECB without being interviewed following the ‘Kevin the canine’ racism allegations made towards him by Azeem Rafiq.
The Nottinghamshire batsman is known to have submitted written solutions to questions from each his county and the ECB after the shocking claims emerged final in parliament final yr, with each events concluding there was no case to reply.
The ECB have issued disciplinary prices towards seven ex-Yorkshire gamers together with former England captain Michael Vaughan for allegedly utilizing racist language towards Rafiq, however following his written submission the governing physique took no additional motion towards Hales and didn’t request a proper interview.
Rafiq’s harrowing testimony earlier than a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport choose committee listening to final November brought on uproar when he alleged that the title Kevin was extensively utilized by England gamers as a time period for folks from black and Asian backgrounds.
The 31-year-old claimed that the offensive nickname was began by former Yorkshire team-mate Gary Ballance and have become extensively utilized in England’s dressing room, which he alleged ultimately led to Hales naming his black canine Kevin.
Rafiq reopened the controversy on Wednesday following Hales’ England recall for this autumn’s T20 World Cup by showing to query the morality of the choice.
Hales was dropped for failing a leisure medication take a look at on the eve of the 2019 World Cup, which then captain Eoin Morgan mentioned created ‘belief points’ with the remaining of the squad and he has not been chosen since till Wednesday.
Alex Hales was cleared of racism allegations made by Azeem Rafiq without an interview
Following Hales’ written submission the ECB took no additional motion towards him and didn’t request a proper interview
The racism allegations are usually not believed to have had any bearing on Hales’ recall, because the ECB’s investigation concluded a while in the past.
‘Eoin Morgan created the perfect England group from a cricket level of view, but in addition morals, values, range and respect for everybody,’ Rafiq wrote on Twitter.
‘Once you overlook all of that and choose on cricketing skill alone it is a slippery slope. When you get issues improper and simply deny [it] would not change fact.’
Hales’ recall was sanctioned by England’s managing director Rob Key, however senior white-ball gamers together with captain Jos Buttler and vice-captain Mooen Ali are understood to have been consulted and endorsed the choice.
Rafiq alleged the title Kevin was extensively utilized by England gamers – together with former Yorkshire team-mate Gary Ballance – as a time period for folks from black and Asian backgrounds
Ali will lead the facet within the absence of the injured Buttler on England’s seven-match T20 collection in Pakistan this month.
Hales strongly denied the racism allegations final November and has not addressed the topic since.
‘Having heard the allegations made towards me, I categorically and completely deny there was any racial connotation within the naming of my canine,’ he mentioned in a press release.
‘I completely respect and have large sympathy for each the stance Azeem Rafiq has taken and what he has needed to endure. His proof was harrowing. There is not any place for racism or discrimination of any sort in cricket and I’ll gladly cooperate with any investigation the sport’s authorities select to carry.’
Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler are understood to have been consulted on Hales’ recall