A 2009 photograph of former batsman Alex Hales in blackface at a party has surfaced just as the English side is being forced to reckon with racism in its ranks.
The indifference towards racial slurs - and the violence they entail - attests to how deeply ingrained racism is in modern Britain.
Azeem Rafiq’s testimony came as no shock to many British South Asians who have been on the receiving end of racism and abuse — in sport and otherwise — for decades.
Former cricketer Azeem Rafiq, who is a Muslim, recounts a frightening experience of being forced to drink alcohol at the age of 15 and hearing comments such as "you'll sit over there near the toilets" and "elephant-washers".
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