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Azeem Rafiq

Azeem Rafiq

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Who is Azeem Rafiq?

Azeem Rafiq is a former professional cricketer turned anti-racism campaigner.

What are Azeem Rafiq’s main achievements?

For more than a decade, Azeem Rafiq spent his time playing cricket at the higher echelons of the domestic game. Representing Yorkshire, he made his senior debut at just 17 years of age before becoming the youngest ever captain, and first of Asian origin, in 2012.

Whilst at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Azeem sadly found himself a victim of consistent bullying and racism, experiences he made public in 2020. These became charges which were found to be true by an independent panel. Azeem’s bravery in speaking out has started to see meaningful change in the game.

In 2023, he released a book, It’s Not Banter, It’s Racism: What Cricket’s Dirty Secret Reveals About Our Society, and has appeared in a television documentary discussing his experiences.

What is Azeem Rafiq best known for?

While well-known in cricketing circles for his sporting endeavours, Azeem Rafiq gained prominence in the public eye in 2020 when he accused Yorkshire County Cricket Club of bullying and racism.

Many of his allegations came at a time when he most needed the support of his team, following the tragic stillborn death of his child in 2018. His accusations were found to be true by an independent panel, and since then he’s worked tirelessly as an anti-racism campaigner striving to make tangible change when it comes to discrimination in sport.

He’s since worked as a cricket speaker, motivational speaker and diversity speaker, covering a whole host of topics including overcoming adversity, the importance of speaking up and mental health.

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