Adil Rashid supports Azeem Rafiq’s racism claim against Michael Vaughan

Adil Rashid has supported Azeem Rafiq's claim that former Yorkshire captain Michael Vaughan made a racist comment to a group of the team's Asian players.

Earlier this month Rafiq alleged that Vaughan, 47, said there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" just before a match in 2009.

Vaughan has strenuously denied the claims, but was stood down from his BBC 5 Live show Tuffers and Vaughan last week.

Rafiq's version of events has already been supported by another former Yorkshire player in Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, and now Rashid, a key member of the England T20 side that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup this month, has also corroborated the claim.

Vaughan is alleged to have made the comment when Yorkshire fielded four Asian players against Nottinghamshire in 2009.

The four Asian players were Rafiq, Rashid, ul-Hasan and Ajmal Shahzad, the former England quick. Shahzad does not recall the comment but Rashid has supported Rafiq's allegation.

Rashid, in a statement released to The Cricketer, said: "Racism is a cancer in all walks of life and unfortunately in professional sports too, and is something which of course has to be stamped out.

"I wanted to concentrate as much as possible on my cricket and to avoid distractions to the detriment of the team but I can confirm Azeem Rafiq's recollection of Michael Vaughan's comments to a group of us Asian players."

"I'm encouraged by the fact that a parliamentary committee seems to be trying to improve the situation, whether that's holding people accountable or getting changes made at an institutional level.

"These can only be positive developments. I will of course be more than happy to support any official efforts when the time is right. For now, though, these matters are of an intensely personal nature and I will not be commenting on them further. I ask you to respect my privacy and allow me to focus on my cricket.

"I want to thank the ECB, the fans and especially my teammates for all of their support.

"We didn't get the result we wanted in this World Cup, but I hope that the unity of our dressing room and the leadership of our captain will propel us forward to achieve what we deserve in the future."

The allegations against Vaughan form part of the storm that has rocked Yorkshire following revelations of institutionalised racism, with chairman Roger Hutton and CEO Mark Arthur having resigned.

Head coach Andrew Gale is currently suspended pending an investigation into an offensive tweet he posted 11 years ago, and director of cricket Martyn Moxon is absent with a stress-related illness.

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