Former Yorkshire off-spinner Azeem Rafiq stood by his allegations that he faced racism during his time at the county club as investigation into his claims has begun.

Rafiq’s allegations are being investigated by the legal firm, Squire Patton Boggs.

The 29-year-old Rafiq, who is of Pakistani origin, had told ESPN Cricinfo about how he was “bullied and targeted” because of his race and alleged that Asian players were sometimes referred to as “Pakis” or “elephant washers” and told to “go back to where you came from“.

In a statement issued on Friday, Yorkshire County Cricket Club said: “We have taken the claims made by our former player, Azeem Rafiq, very seriously and a full investigation conducted by Squire Patton Boggs, an independent law firm, began in September.”

“I have spoken out about the racism I faced because I don’t want kids to go through what I did,”…

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