Thursday 5 August 2010 

Yorkshire Issue Statement After Rafiq Suspension

Yorkshire have issued the following statement after their off-spinner Azeem Rafiq was handed a one-month ban and fined £500 by the ECB. He was found guilty of a breach of ECB directives and bringing the game into disrepute after making a public personal attack on Under-19 coach John Abrahams, using his Twitter page.

"Yesterday the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that a Cricket Discipline Commission Panel had restrospectively suspended Azeem Rafiq from all cricket under ECB jurisdiction for a period of one month from 26 July and ordered him to pay £500 towards the costs of the hearing," Yorkshire's statement read.

"The Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced on 29 July that it had suspended Azeem Rafiq pending the decision of the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission Panel. As a result of the announcement by the ECB, Yorkshire County Cricket Club will not take any further action against Azeem Rafiq other than to support yesterday’s decision and to place a formal warning letter on Rafiq’s file with regard to his future conduct.

"The Club strongly disapproves of the actions and behaviour that led to Rafiq’s suspension, but as far as the Club is concerned this matter has now been dealt with and no further comment will be made on this matter."

Rafiq will not be able to play for Yorkshire until 26th August.

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