Azeem Rafiq’s sister makes formal complaint against her Yorkshire Cricket Board employers… alleging she has been made to feel SHUNNED because of brother’s bullying and racism allegations at the county
- Yorkshire Cricket Board are in turmoil after receiving a complaint
- Azeem Rafiq’s sister Amna alleges being ostracised from her role at the club
- Yorkshire made a public apology to Azeem following an independent inquiry
- Amna’s issues with the YCB are believed to have begun after Azeem went public
Azeem Rafiq’s sister has made a formal complaint against her employer, the Yorkshire Cricket Board, in the latest shock episode to hit the county.
Sportsmail has learned that 26-year-old Amna Rafiq has been on sick leave from her role as a clubs and community development manager at the YCB — the body who run recreational cricket in the county — since May, and this week submitted a formal complaint against the board.
The complaint is understood to include being made to feel ostracised and shunned because of her brother’s allegations. Former Yorkshire off-spinner Azeem went public with his allegations of bullying and racism at the county in August last year, which led to the club issuing a formal apology to the ex-England Under 19 captain early last month following a year-long independent inquiry.
Yorkshire Cricket Board have received a new complaint from Azeem Rafiq’s (pictured) sister
Amna Rafiq alleges that she was ostracised from her role at Yorkshire Cricket Board because of her brother’s allegations
Amna’s issues with the YCB are believed to have begun after Azeem went public. Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the YCB are separate organisations but the county provides most of the grassroots organisation’s funding and they have several of the same directors, including Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur.
The county were condemned for their handling of Azeem’s allegations. He claimed institutional racism pushed him to the brink of suicide. Amna’s complaint is not thought to involve racism.
The club published a redacted version of the independent report into Azeem’s case, after coming under huge pressure from the ECB to do so, on the morning of the cancelled fifth Test between England and India at Old Trafford last month.
Rafiq, pictured playing for Yorkshire in 2017, accused the cricket club of racism and bullying
Yorkshire partially upheld Azeem’s complaint and admitted he had been the victim of ‘racial harassment and bullying’.
On the same day, this newspaper published a report into racial abuse and segregation between white and Asian cricket players and clubs at grassroots level in the county.
On Thursday night the Yorkshire Cricket Board said: ‘The (YCB) believes that any internal matters concerning its staff should not be discussed publicly due to employee welfare, confidentiality and data protection reasons.’