The problem with the ‘P’ word was clear in 1969

In disturbing testimony to a House of Commons select committee this week, the cricketer Azeem Rafiq laid bare the racist abuse and bullying which he had to endure from officials and fellow teammates while playing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Disturbing because it was all so recent — Rafiq only turned 30 this year. His whistleblowing, combined with the resignation of the former club chair, Roger Hutton, in protest at the club covering up investigations into racist behaviour, has encouraged others to come forward.

NIAZ ALAM is London Bureau Chief of Dhaka Tribune. Hon. Secretary of the Foreign Press Association in 2018 and 2019, see niazalam.com, follow @ESGBangladesh

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