Ex-England skipper Vaughan says sorry to Rafiq but denies racism

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Cricket - Ashes 2019 - First Test - England v Australia - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - August 1, 2019 Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan during a interruption  successful  play. — Reuters/FileCricket - Ashes 2019 - First Test - England v Australia - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - August 1, 2019 Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan during a interruption successful play. — Reuters/File
  • Vaughan apologises to his ex-team-mate Rafiq if helium was "responsible for immoderate of his hurt".
  • English cricket has been rocked by revelations of racism from Pakistan-born Rafiq.
  • Ex-England skipper says helium felt arrogant astir Asians playing for the Yorkshire.

LONDON: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan denied making a racist remark erstwhile helium was skipper of Yorkshire but told the BBC on Saturday helium apologises to his accuser ex-team-mate Azeem Rafiq if helium was "responsible for immoderate of his hurt".

English cricket has been rocked by revelations of racism from Pakistan-born Rafiq.

He gave harrowing grounds to lawmakers this period successful which helium said his vocation had been ended by the racist maltreatment helium received portion astatine starring English region Yorkshire.

These person included an allegation Vaughan told the present 30-year-old Rafiq and different Yorkshire players of Asian root determination were "too galore of you lot, we request to bash thing astir it" during a region lucifer successful 2009.

Then Yorkshire paceman Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, a erstwhile Pakistan international, and existent Yorkshire and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid person backed Rafiq's mentation of events.

The 4th subordinate successful the radical — bowler Ajmal Shahzad — has told the Daily Mail helium had nary recollection of the lawsuit and "the elder guys were truly bully to me".

Vaughan — who has been dropped by the BBC from their broadcasting squad for the forthcoming Ashes bid successful Australia — was adamant helium ne'er uttered those words saying "No I didn't. No."

Vaughan — who played his full home vocation astatine Yorkshire from 1993 to 2009 — was distraught for Rafiq.

"It hurts deeply, hurts maine that a subordinate has gone done truthful overmuch beryllium treated truthful severely astatine the nine that I love," Vaughan said.

"I person to instrumentality immoderate work for that due to the fact that I played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club for 18 years and if successful immoderate mode signifier oregon signifier I'm liable for immoderate of his hurt, I apologise for that."

'We each marque mistakes'

Vaughan — who captained England successful Tests betwixt 2003 and 2008 —said helium felt arrogant astir Asians playing for the club.

"I conscionable retrieve it intelligibly that I was arrogant arsenic punch that we had 4 Asian players representing Yorkshire County Cricket Club," helium said.

"Nothing but a proud, senior, aged pro conscionable astir to discontinue and perfectly delighted that Yorkshire had travel truthful acold successful my clip astatine the club."

Vaughan said the claims dated backmost truthful agelong that it was intolerable to verify 1 relationship oregon the other.

"I deliberation we've got to determination connected from accusations of conversations from galore years ago," helium said.

"There's a bigger representation here."

Two tweets person emerged implicit caller weeks that person besides caused problems for Vaughan.

In 2010 helium tweeted "Not galore English radical unrecorded successful London... I request to larn a caller language" and successful 2017, pursuing the Manchester Arena bombing, helium answered "yes" to a question whether England all-rounder Moeen Ali should inquire Muslims if they are terrorists.

He said helium was a antithetic idiosyncratic now.

"I apologise profoundly to anyone that I've offended with those tweets," said Vaughan.

"Times person moved connected and I regret those tweets.

"We each marque mistakes and successful my beingness I've made rather a fewer mistakes connected Twitter, I apologise for that."

Vaughan has been defended by erstwhile England spinner Monty Panesar.

Panesar, the archetypal Sikh to correspond England, played planetary cricket nether Vaughan and helium insisted helium had ne'er known immoderate prejudice from his erstwhile skipper.

"I lone experienced affirmative things with him," helium said connected Friday.

"I cannot reconcile the antheral I cognize with the 1 who has been the taxable of these allegations."

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