Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has apologized to Azeem Rafiq for any hurt he caused with his recent criticism. The fallout from the interview, which saw Michael Vaughan criticize Rafiq on air and later apologise in a tweet, was one of cricket’s more bizarre moments in 2018.
Michael Vaughan, the ex-England captain and current commentator for Sky Sports, has tweeted an apology to Azeem Rafiq after he was involved in a Twitter spat. Read more in detail here: michael vaughan tweets.
Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, talks to Dan Walker on Breakfast.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has apologized to Azeem Rafiq for the “pain” he has caused him during the Yorkshire racism issue.
Vaughan continued to refute the accusation in a wide-ranging interview with the, claiming that he never uttered racial remarks while at Yorkshire.
He did, however, express contrition for some of his previous tweets.
“It bothers me terribly that a guy who has been through so much is being treated so cruelly at the club that I support,” Vaughan added.
“I have to accept some responsibility for that because I played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club for 18 years, and if in any way, shape, or form, I am responsible for any of his suffering, I apologise.”
When asked whether he ever made any racial remarks while at Yorkshire, he replied: “No, I didn’t do that. No.”
Between 2003 and 2008, Vaughan led England in Test matches. Between 1993 and 2009, he spent his whole domestic career with Yorkshire before joining Test Match Special as a summariser.
Vaughan, who will not be part of the’s Ashes coverage this winter, remarked in an interview with Breakfast’s Dan Walker:
- Cricket has a racism issue that it had to acknowledge.
- In the dressing room, he had never heard racist words, but he had heard things that “are not acceptable anymore.”
- Along with Rafiq, he would “love” to contribute to Yorkshire’s progress.
- With the next year, he planned to return to commentating.
In regards to the alleged racist event,
During a match for Yorkshire in 2009, Rafiq claimed Vaughan shouted to him and three other players, “too many of you bunch, we need to do something about it.”
Former Pakistani bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who both claimed to have heard the statement, backed up Rafiq’s claim.
Bowler Ajmal Shahzad, the group’s fourth member, earlier told the Daily Mailexternal-link that he had no recall of the incident and that “the older guys were incredibly friendly to me.”
Vaughan, who did not take part in the initial independent inquiry, stated he had no recollection of the event or the remarks he is accused of using.
“I was certainly as happy as punch that we had four Asian players representing Yorkshire County Cricket Club,” he said.
“Nothing but a proud, senior, old pro on the verge of retiring and ecstatic that Yorkshire had progressed so far during my stay at the club.”
Rafiq said in front of MPs that Vaughan may not recall the encounter since “it means nothing to him.”
“That stings because I’ve always felt that the best compliment I’ve ever had as England captain for six years was that I was the sort of guy who really galvanized the squad,” Vaughan added.
“I’ve always felt that I was the one in the dressing room who really wanted everyone to feel welcome.”
“The trouble with this scenario is that we’ve got too much ‘he said, he said, she said, did they say,’ and I believe we’ve got to move on from charges of talks from many years ago,” he replied when asked whether Rafiq, Rashid, and Naved were lying.
“This is part of a wider vision.”
Historic tweets disgrace Vaughan.
In recent weeks, Vaughan’s historical Twitter messages have been extensively circulated on social media.
He tweeted in 2010 “London is home to a small number of English people… “I need to learn a new language,” he said in 2017, after the Manchester Arena bombing “Moeen Ali, England’s all-rounder, was asked whether he should ask Muslims if they are terrorists.
Vaughan said that the tweets had humiliated him and that he was now a new person.
“I genuinely apologize to anybody who was hurt by those tweets,” Vaughan stated.
“I regret those tweets now that time has passed. We all make errors, and I’ve made quite a few on Twitter throughout my life, for which I apologize.”
Walker: Do those tweets shame you when you read them back?
Walker: And you have the impression that you are a different person today…
Vaughan: Without a doubt.
Yorkshire players have also been chastised for referring to India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara as “Steve,” a topic raised by Vaughan on live in 2018, when he said “Steve as they call him in Yorkshire because they can’t pronounce his first name.”
“Obviously, we’re in a different era today,” Vaughan added.
“That was three years ago, and it’s amazing how much has changed in that time.”
“When you start talking about 12 years, 15 years, or 20 years, everything moves at a breakneck pace.”
“We’re in that scenario now for the game, not just cricket dressing rooms, where everyone has to be taught.”
‘I overheard stuff you wouldn’t tolerate right now.’
Rafiq, who was subjected to “racial harassment and abuse” at Yorkshire between 2008 and 2018, according to a study, told a committee of MPs that English cricket is “institutionally racist.”
During his tenure at Yorkshire, he claimed racist language was used “constantly” and “never stamped out,” including insults directed at his and others’ Pakistani origin.
Racist language was never used in the locker room, according to Vaughan, who retired during Rafiq’s second season as a professional at Yorkshire.
“In my 18 years as a player in a dressing room, I heard lots of stuff that you wouldn’t even consider acceptable anymore,” he remarked.
“Any sportsperson from that age who claims different, I don’t believe they’re speaking the truth.”
“Things were spoken and done back in the day. It was determined that it was not insulting. It’d be right now.”
“I can apologise in any shape or form if I was engaged in a dressing room with a culture that wasn’t welcoming for everyone,” he continued.
“My impressions are that in all of the dressing rooms where I performed, we were welcoming to everyone. But I’d be delighted if someone came out and said, “You know what, that wasn’t the case.””
Vaughan’s thoughts on the future of TMS
Vaughan was dropped from the company’s cricket coverage during the Ashes this winter, the company revealed last week.
“While he is engaged in an important issue in cricket, we do not feel that it would be proper” for Vaughan to be involved, according to a statement.
Vaughan said he “appreciated” the decision and that he and the cooperation are still talking about his future.
“I just hope I have the opportunity to come back in the future, because the one thing I’ve enjoyed doing more than anything since retiring is discussing cricket.”
“I’m hoping to be able to work with the team again next year.”
“It’s great to be on Test Match Special, and perhaps I’ll have the opportunity to do it again sometime.”
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