Azeem Rafiq will face MPs TODAY when the DCMS quizzes him over his racism allegations… Sportsmail answers the key questions ahead of the cricketer’s Westminster appearance
- Azeem Rafiq will be quizzed by MPs over racism allegations on Tuesday morning
- Rafiq will be speaking under Parliamentary privilege so can name individuals
- Former Yorkshire chief Roger Hutton will be there, but Joe Root will not
MPs will speak to former England Under 19 captain Azeem Rafiq about his 43 allegations of racism, seven of which were upheld by an investigation set up by former employers Yorkshire.
As Rafiq will be speaking under Parliamentary privilege, he can name individuals without fear of legal reprisals.
Who else will be there?
Roger Hutton, who resigned as Yorkshire chair, will follow Rafiq, who begins at 9.30am on Tuesday.
The DCMS website also suggested Mark Arthur, who quit as chief executive last week, would appear, along with Wayne Morton, the club’s head of medical services.
Azeem Rafiq will be quizzed by MPs in Westminster amid his allegations of racism in cricket
Former Yorkshire cricket chief Roger Hutton will follow Rafiq after his appearance at 9.30am
That no longer appears to be the case. Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, was already ruled out on health grounds. Another absentee due to illness is acting ECB chair Barry O’Brien, who has had a Covid test.
Alan Dickinson, another ECB board member, will deputise. The other members of the ECB facing questions on its process for dealing with complaints of racism are chief executive Tom Harrison, Meena Botros, the governing body’s director of legal and integrity and Kate Miller, its chief diversity and communications officer.
What other key areas will the hearing focus on?
Rafiq has made clear that his focus is not on individuals but the failure of the club to follow its own procedures when he reported racism.
Rafiq says he will not discuss individuals but rather the failure of the club to follow protocol
But the lack of sanctions for individuals is also likely to be at the forefront of discussion after the investigation found he had been subjected to racial harassment and bullying yet Yorkshire deemed that nobody should face disciplinary action.
The DCMS committee may also wish to examine in greater detail some of the allegations not upheld by the report, such as Gary Ballance’s admission that he regularly used the word ‘P**i’ — which the inquiry dismissed as ‘banter’.
Will Joe Root take part?
No. He is in Australia preparing for the Ashes but Rafiq, who captained Root at Under 19 level, may challenge last week’s claim by the 30-year-old that he had not witnessed or heard of racism during his two decades at the club.
And Michael Vaughan?
He is not involved either but the timing of Adil Rashid’s statement on Monday backing Rafiq’s claims means it is sure to be one of the main episodes discussed.
Joe Root will not be in attendance as he is in Australia preparing for the Ashes series this winter