In the last couple of months, the news of racism has shaken the world. Azeem Rafiq in his revelations discussed the racist abuse he faced at Yorkshire. He took some big names including the likes of Michael Vaughan who according to Rafiq, made some appalling remarks to him during his stint with Yorkshire county. So much was the uproar that BBC had to step down Michael Vaugh from the show Tuffers and Vaughan Show which the cricketer has been associated with for nearly 12 years.
Now another Asian player has come forward and has alleged that he was racially abused by a development officer named as Paul Bryson. Atiq uz Zaman is a former cricketer from Pakistan who stated that the incident happened in 2006 when he was involved in a coaching assignment.
“It was back in 2006, I was introduced to Bryson by another development officer for some coaching assignment. I got a stint and did a couple of sessions. For the third session, I couldn’t reach as my car was having some problem,”
“I texted Paul about the problem but he didn’t reply to my messages or my calls. The same evening, he phoned me and complained about my absence. When I reminded him that I had texted him, we exchanged some heated words before dropping the phone. After a few hours, he texted me again asking if I was that ‘samosa seller’ he saw at Edgbaston,” Zaman said. The former cricketer says that Bryson could have never said the phrase ‘samosa seller’ to any Britisher.
The Pakistani former cricketer feels that he should have reported the incident back then but was afraid as he was starting his career in a foreign territory. He also confirmed that he provided all the information to the Lancashire county about the incident after his tweet on 15th November.
After Azeem laid out the allegations in front of the parliament, Michael Vaughan strongly denied everything. However, his case became weak when Adil Rashid came in support of Azeem Rafiq that Vaughan indeed used racial slurs against Rafiq. Former Pakistani bowler Naved-Ul-Hasan Rana also confirmed that Vaughan did use the phrase “There’s too many of you lot, we need to do something about it.” in 2009 in TrentBridge.
Earlier this week, the Social Justice and Nation-building Report from South Africa concluded that the likes Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher, and A B Devilliers were involved in racial prejudice against many South African players. The report said that Paul Adams, the spinner was made to hear the racially slurred song and was called ‘Brown s***’ The representative of Graeme Smith slammed the report and said that its findings were flawed whereas DeVilliers gave out a clarification that the decisions he took were largely in the interest of the team.