EXCLUSIVE: Muslim girl was forced to wear shorts while training with Yorkshire despite it going against her religious beliefs – with incident uncovered in racism investigation
- A Muslim girl was forced to wear shorts in training at Yorkshire CCC
- The youngster wanted to wear a tracksuit but was told otherwise by a coach
- It comes in the aftermath of Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations against Yorkshire
A Muslim girl was forced to wear shorts while training at Yorkshire County Cricket Club despite it going against her religious beliefs, Sportsmail can reveal.
The youngster, a player in one of the Yorkshire girls’ teams, wanted to wear tracksuit bottoms to cover her legs but was allegedly told to wear shorts by a coach who pointed to another Muslim girl on the field who was wearing them.
The incident was uncovered by Yorkshire during an investigation into racism at the county which also highlighted instances of jokes being made about Ramadan. Several witnesses heard jokes and comments made about Ramadan, during which Muslims abstain from drinking or eating during daylight hours.
A youngster at Yorkshire CCC was forced to wear shorts despite her religious beliefs
The latest revelations come just a week before former off-spinner Azeem Rafiq gives evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee over his racism allegations.
A Yorkshire Cricket Club spokesperson said: ‘It is essential that those who have experienced racism, discrimination and abuse are able to come forward to share their experiences.
‘The club’s new chair, Lord Patel, has outlined a number of actions to right the wrongs of the past and make sure that the club is inclusive for all.’
The allegations come after Azeem Rafiq gave evidence over his racism allegations
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