Lost my Career to Racism : Rafiq

Azeem Rafiq's testimony to a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday (November 11) contained many harrowing details of his experience as a professional cricketer.

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Lost my Career to Racism : Rafiq

But perhaps the most confronting moment was when he said, "I lost my career to racism." Six simple words that were the most damning of indictments.

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Lost my Career to Racism : Rafiq

It was a day when Rafiq's bravery, honesty and devastation were all clear to see as he spent more than an hour giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee.

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Lost my Career to Racism : Rafiq

Each UK government department has such a select committee which is charged with scrutinising the work of that department.

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Lost my Career to Racism : Rafiq

The DCMS Committee also conducts inquiries into areas of interest within its remit, including sport.

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Lost my Career to Racism : Rafiq

Rafiq's evidence was searing in its honesty and heart-breaking in its detail. He broke down a number of times as he spoke about his experiences.

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Lost my Career to Racism : Rafiq

Individuals named in Rafiq's testimony included Gary Ballance and Alex Hales. "We were in a place and Gary Ballance walks over and goes: 'Why are you talking to him? You know he's a P***.'

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Lost my Career to Racism : Rafiq

This happened in front of teammates. It happened in front of coaching staff," Rafiq said. Earlier this month, Ballance admitted using a "racial slur" towards Rafiq and apologised.

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