Azeem Rafiq apologized for the ‘Jewish’ jokes that he shared with another cricketer via Facebook in 2011. 

Rafiq, an ex-spinner from Yorkshire, has made a lot of noise about racism in cricket. He gave a damning testimony before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select panel and named several prominent cricketers. 

It was revealed that he made comments about “Jews” aged 19 years in 2011. They were made by Ateeq Javid and he appeared to be laughing about an Asian cricketer who didn’t pay his dinner bill.

Rafiq wrote, “Hahahaha! He is a Jew. Rafiq wrote: ‘Hahaha he is a Jew. 

Later, he added that: “How wrong is this?” Only Jews do that sort of s***.’

Rafiq apologized for his comments in a statement today. He said that he was a “different person today”. 

He wrote: ‘I was sent an image of this exchange from early 2011 today. The account is mine. There are no excuses.

“I regret this exchange, and I have deleted it to avoid causing further offense. It was when I was just 19 and today I feel a completely different person. “I am extremely angry with myself, and I apologize to everyone in the Jewish community who has been wronged by it.

In a statement today, Azeem Rafiq apologised for the comments and said he is a 'different person today'

Azeem Rahiq, in a statement issued today, apologised and claimed he’s a “different individual today”.

This revelation follows MPs warning the England and Wales Cricket Board today to put its house in order regarding racism in the sport after Rafiq appeared in front of them just days earlier.

Rafiq, a shocking witness that shocked the cricketing world, broke down as he spoke out about the racism he suffered during the game.   

Rafiq brought racial discrimination cases against Tim Bresnan (Matthew Hoggard), Alex Hales and Gary Ballance. 

He also named Somerset bowler Jack Brooks, revealing that he had referred to India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara as ‘Steve’ as he didn’t want to say his first name. 

Brooks has been reprimanded by his club and ordered to undergo diversity training following the allegation, as well as the emergence of nine-year-old tweets where he called two friends ‘ne**o’ emerged.

Somerset announced the punishment for the fast bowler after he apologised to  England star Tymal Mills and Stewart Laudat, 50, who played minor counties cricket for Oxfordshire, for addressing them both as ‘ne**o’ in 2012 when he was a Northamptonshire player.

Yesterday, the whistleblower turned spin bowler also said that “hundreds of thousands” of cricketers might now make racist claims after his emotional testimony. He claimed there would be an open floodgates where abuse victims can fight back. 

The England and Wales Cricket Board is hosting an international meeting at The Oval, where decision makers are ready for testing. 

Rafiq’s claims against Yorkshire set off a major controversy. However, the current racism crisis is now being handled by the governing body.

Together with representatives from the 21 non first class cricket boards and the MCC the chairs of 18 counties of premier cricket will meet. There is some concern about the glacial pace of investigation and how ineptly it has been handled.

After his appearance before the Digital, Culture, and Sport select committee just after Rafiq, Tom Harrison, chief executive of the ECB, is expected to be under attack by some.

Harrison is hoping to recover confidence after Barry O’Brien’s departure from the ECB’s interim chair. This follows Ian Watmore’s resignation.

Westminster is still considering cricket governance. Nigel Huddleston the sports minister raised the possibility that an independent regulator could be established if the current ECB regime fails to tackle racism.

Rafiq spoke out to DCMS select committee, who interviewed Harrison. He said that cricket is fast approaching and we may well follow the same path.

“We have had open and honest conversations over the past few weeks with the ECB, as well as other cricket stakeholders. I was assured that the ECB takes this matter seriously and would act.

Tom Harrison promises me that he will act with all of his might here. He is aware that he must act fast. They will be judged on the basis of their actions and not their words. If they do not act in a timely manner, we will intervene.