Islamabad: Pakistan pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hassan has said that he was subjected to racial slurs by his own spectators while playing county cricket in England. Naveedul Hassan’s statement confirms the claim of Azim Rauf, an Englishman and a Pakistani national, that he was a victim of racism in the county. Rafeeq and Naveed have played together in Yorkshire.
Azeem recently revealed that he had been racially abused by his own fans while playing for Yorkshire and was on the verge of suicide.
Azeem had said that the Yorkshire Club was fundamentally racist and was not ready to accept that fact and was not willing to deviate from it. Naveedul Hassan said that Azim’s allegations were fully substantiated.
I have had the same experience. I never talked about it. Because as foreign players we were all just temporary players there. So the focus was only on the game. He was not at all interested in jeopardizing the contract. – Rana said in an interview with ESPN Cricinfo.
Rana added that fans who need to be supported when they are not able to put out a good performance are instead racially abusing Asian-origin players by calling them ‘Paki’.
If you perform well you will have a place of your own there. Rana said that otherwise their approach would be horrendous and they would show clear discrimination by giving small hotel rooms.