Kane Williamson Hopes For ‘Healing’ At Yorkshire Racism Row -by Ecork

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hopes a “hospital” will be on his side in Yorkshire on the eve of a third Test against England that nearly moved from the county’s capital, Headingley, because of a racist line. Azeem Rafiq, a Pakistani national, previously filed allegations of racism and terrorism in September 2020, related to his two crossings in Yorkshire. Rafiq testified before the House of Commons last year, sparking pressure on Yorkshire over their previous failure to take any disciplinary action.

That eventually led to a mass-out of senior boardroom figures and coaching staff.

The Cricket Council of England and Wales is also threatening to remove lucrative international matches from Headingley unless changes are made.

The reforms promoted by new chairman Kamlesh Patel prevent what could be a financial disaster for Yorkshire.

But the issue is far from over, with allegations leveled against the group by the ECB and the “individual population”, which has yet to be named by government officials.

Last month, former Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale received a claim for unfair dismissal, leaving the party facing the prospect of a pay cut.

Williamson, who played for Yorkshire as an overseas enrollment from 2014 to 2018, did not compromise when asked if he had witnessed specific incidents of racist abuse during his time in the garden.

But the batsman said he hoped some good would emerge from Rafiq’s testimony.

“It was incredibly sad to see what happened,” Williamson said. “I can only hope that something good comes out of it and notice that it creates to move forward in a positive way.

“There is no room for racism or discrimination in sports or society. I am here for a short time and enjoy my time in Yorkshire.

“There are some issues that you should be aware of sooner rather than later and you can expect healing.

“There is a huge potential worldwide, efforts to continue the knowledge and make it more relevant, whether in sports or other workplaces.”


Asked about racism, England captain Ben Stokes said his team understood they had “a responsibility on the field, as well as on the outside”.

The Stokes men will aim to win a three-game series, having won both previous matches by five wickets, when the attack began in Leeds on Thursday.

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