It has been a couple of months when Azeem Rafiq disclosed the harrowing details of racism that he faced with the Yorkshire county over the years. The ex-county cricketer took many names, one of which was of David Lloyd. Lloyd resigned from commentary a few weeks ago but some believed that he was forced to resign owing to his name being involved in a racism scandal that has rocked England cricket.
There have been a few steps taken by the Yorkshire county to address the problem. They have brought in Darren Gough. Gough as the managing director, and he has appointed Steve Harmison and Ryan Sidebottom as the interim coaches of Yorkshire after the previous coaching staff was fired. However, it will take some doing for the club to restore its reputation back.
Rafiq in his column for Daily Mail wrote that Headingly now should be allowed to host international matches after the county was banned for hosting them when the scandal emerged. Rafiq revealed that he received messages from David Llyod after his DCMS inquiry and that they both talked about the matter. Rafiq said that Llyod accepted his mistake and apologized and that they moved on from the chapter.
Lloyd announced his retirement on Dec 21, almost three weeks after he talked about the matter with Azeem Rafiq and many believe that Sky Sport’s investigation into the matter of racist comments being made by ‘Bumble’ may have progressed to a situation where the commentator announced his retirement on its own. David Gower even called it an ‘open secret’ that led to Lloyd’s departure!
But the victim player hopes the sacking of Llyod from SkySports after 22 years was not due to his involvement with the scandal.”So I really hope his departure from Sky had nothing to do with me because it was not my intention for him to lose his job or for Hoggy to lose work.” he said