Cricketer’s sister ‘called fit P-word by team-mate’, disciplinary hearing told

Former England international Tim Bresnan has been accused of calling the sister of ex-Yorkshire teammate Azeem Rafiq a 'fit p***' whilst she was on work experience.

Former star Rafiq has been at the centre of the scandal surrounding racism within English cricket, after revealing alleged abuse that he faced whilst playing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club. A Cricket Disciplinary Commission hearing began on Wednesday.

The CDC is hearing evidence against six former Yorkshire players and staff members, with a focus on the allegations against Bresnan and his former teammates Matthew Hoggard and John Blain heard on day one.

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Rafiq accused Bresnan of using racial slurs whilst they shared a dressing room during their time at Yorkshire. The 32-year-old told the commission: "Part of the problem was that this sort of language was so common that he did not think much of it at the time” – and that Bresnan used the words “fit p*** and/or FP."

The slur is said to have been in reference to Rafiq's sister, who was completing a work experience placement with the cricket club back in April 2014. Claiming it was 'more likely than not' that Bresnan used the discriminatory language, ECB lawyer Jane Mulcahy KC said: "On balance of probability, more likely than not, that he used the phrase and it was racist or discriminatory."

Bresnan has also been accused of referring to Rafiq and fellow Asian teammates Adil Rashid, Ajmal Shahzad and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan as 'the brothers' and you 'lot'. The former England bowler however denied that the use of 'brothers' was said in a racist manner.

He also claimed to remembering using the term 'you lot'. Another ex-England international in Hoggard is also accused of using the word 'p****'. The 46-year-old did admit to using the language, but denied any discriminatory intent.

Blain is also alleged to have used the p-word, but has denied the claim. However, he is alleged by the ECB to have informed another player that using the word was similar to calling Australians ‘Aussies’'. Both Andrew Gale and Richard Pyrah are also under investigation, however the five mentioned all declined to attend the hearing.

The hearing continues on Thursday, with Rafiq bringing evidence against former England Test captain Michael Vaughan, who has also accused of using racist language. BBC and BT Sport Vaughan has denied any wrongdoing, and is set to appear at the hearing in the coming days.


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