Thursday 29 July 2010 

Yorkshire Suspend Azeem Rafiq

Yorkshire Suspend Azeem Rafiq
Yorkshire Suspend Azeem Rafiq
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Yorkshire have suspended off-spinner and former England Under-19 captain Azeem Rafiq after reports of misconduct during his time on England Under-19 duty in Northampton.

"The club will carry out a full investigation into the events leading up to the player being sent home by ECB Team Management before deciding on what course of action they will take. The matter came to the attention of the club following Rafiq’s four-letter outburst on the social networking site, Twitter," a statement from the club read.

Rafiq had blasted both the management of the Under-19 side and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on his Twitter page.

Stewart Regan, Yorkshire’s Chief Executive added: “Azeem’s behaviour was totally unacceptable and the club will not tolerate it. Our professional players are role models to aspiring young cricketers and need to behave as such. Whilst Azeem has apologised formally to the ECB, the club and the coach in question the club still intend to carry out a full investigation before deciding on what disciplinary action to take. In the meantime, he is suspended on full pay and unavailable for selection.”

The club added that Rafiq is likely to face a separate ECB Disciplinary hearing shortly.

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