Yorkshire step up probe into Rafiq race claims

YORKSHIRE have added two further independent members to the investigation panel probing allegations of racism from Azeem Rafiq.

Rehana Azib, barrister and employment law specialist and Helen Hyde, former personnel director at Waitrose, join the investigation panel set up earlier this month to review the findings of the Squire Patton Boggs investigation into the complaints made by the former White Rose player, inset.

Chaired by Dr Samir Pathak – also a former England Universities wicketkeeper/ batsmen and trustee of the MCC Foundation – the investigation is now underway and will conduct a review of the club’s internal policies and culture with regards to discriminatory conduct.

The investigation is expected to take three months

Rehana Azib said: “This is an important and significant time for both Mr Rafiq and Yorkshire. “It is essential that the allegations are investigated fully, objectively and rigorously.

“I look forward to working with the other members of the panel to ensure the investigation is conducted comprehensively and fairly, and that any recommendations that may arise are transparent, effective and properly implemented.

Helen Hyde said: “As a cricket fan of longstanding, the sport is close to my heart but so is the notion that it must be a sport of inclusion and fairness.

“I look forward to working with the panel to ensure the findings are dealt with quickly and decisively.”

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