David Lloyd concerns apology to Azeem Rafiq over talk about Eastern players
“It’s clear the trouble exists,” Rafiq claimed. “Everyone’s known it for an extremely long time. I assume it’s been a public knowledge. As I have actually seen over the last 15 months, if you talk out your life is going to be made hell – as well as there’s no doubt my life [has been made hell]
“I rested in front of nationwide television as well as chatted concerning the dark places this entire episode has obtained me right into and also what’s occurred given that then? Denial, briefings, cover-ups, smearing.
“Prominent media people messaging other participants of the media who sustained me saying stuff like, ‘The club residences are the life blood of a club as well as Eastern players don’t go in there’, ‘Obtaining subs out of Asian players resembles obtaining blood out of rock’.
“And afterwards directly this man doesn’t even understand me, has actually never invested at any time with me, is speaking regarding my individual drinking, heading out as well as hanging out.
“That was David Lloyd, he’s been an England coach, commentator, as well as I located it disturbing because Skies are apparently doing this fantastic service bringing racism to the front and also within a week of me speaking up that’s what I got sent to me.
“And I assumed, ‘Gosh, there’s some wardrobe racists as well as we need to do something about it’.”
Reacting on Twitter, Lloyd, 74, acknowledged that he had made an error of judgement in making such generalisations, as well as vowed to function more difficult to “make cricket an extra comprehensive sport”.
“In October 2020, I had a private message exchange with a 3rd party associated with cricket, regarding a number of topics,” Lloyd created. “In these messages, I described claims regarding Azeem Rafiq which I had learnt through within the video game. I additionally made some remarks concerning the Oriental cricket neighborhood.
“I deeply regret my activities, as well as I apologise most genuinely to Azeem as well as to the Eastern cricket area for doing this, and also for any offence created. I am strongly committed to making cricket a more inclusive sporting activity.
“It is extremely evident since more work needs to be done and also I will do everything I can to eliminate discrimination from the sport I enjoy, and the sporting activity that has been my life for over 50 years.”
Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket
Released at Tue, 16 Nov 2021 18:04:19 -0600