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Yorkshire racism DCMS committee meeting: Where to watch Azeem Rafiq and ECB address members of parliament

Azeem Rafiq DCMS
by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq is to give evidence to a Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee meeting on Tuesday November 16.

In September, Yorkshire announced that Rafiq was found to have been the victim of “racial harassment and bullying” while a player at the club.

Rafiq, 30, played for the club in two spells from 2008 to 2018. As a youngster, he captained England’s Under-19 team, leading a side which featured Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.

When is the DCMS committee meeting?

The meeting is to take place on Tuesday November 16, beginning at 9:30 GMT.

Where is it?

The meeting will take place at The Wilson Room, Portcullis House in Westminster, London.

Can I attend?

According to parliament.uk, “visits to the public galleries at Westminster have been stopped until further notice”.

Where can I watch?

A live feed will be available to watch the committee meeting. Link here

The meeting will also be available to watch on BBC Parliament according to the BBC’s TV guide.

When will Azeem Rafiq speak?

Rafiq is set to give evidence at 9:30am.

Who else is speaking?

Roger Hutton, who resigned as chairman of Yorkshire earlier this month, is set to speak at 10:15. In his resignation statement, Hutton said: “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly to Azeem. The club should have recognised at the time the serious allegations of racism.”

There will also be witnesses from the ECB. CEO Tom Harrison is set to speak, as is chief diversity and communications officer Kate Miller, director of legal and integrity Meena Botros and non-executive director Alan Dickinson.

What will be asked?

According to parliament.uk, Hutton will be asked about how the club handled Rafiq’s allegations, while the ECB is set to be asked about its “process for dealing with complaints”.

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