Pakistan-born Rafiq has accused Yorkshire of failing to deal adequately with racist abuse he suffered whereas enjoying for the county, saying he had been pushed to ideas of suicide.
The membership apologised to the 30-12 months-previous in September however subsequently stated they’d take no disciplinary motion towards any of their employees.
Yorkshire had been broadly criticised, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspending their proper to host worldwide matches and sponsors, together with Nike, strolling away.
Patel’s appointment was introduced final week following the resignation of his predecessor, Roger Hutton.
“Azeem is a whistleblower and should be praised as such, he should never have been put through this,” Patel informed a press convention at Yorkshire’s Headingley headquarters in Leeds.
“We’re sorry for what you and your family have experienced and the way in which we’ve handled this.
“I thank Azeem for his bravery in speaking out. Let me be clear from the outset, racism or discrimination in any type shouldn’t be banter.”
Patel’s reference to “banter” came after that word was said to have been used in the county’s report to describe a racist term directed at Rafiq.
The new chairman, who is a lawmaker in Britain’s unelected House of Lords, also said Yorkshire had settled a separate employment tribunal with the former spinner.
“Absolutely no restrictions have been positioned on Azeem on what he can or can’t say about his experiences,” Patel insisted.
“The settlement doesn’t contain a non-disclosure settlement.”
Patel added he was also commissioning a specialist independent review of the county’s processes and procedures on diversity and inclusion.
He also said he had spoken to the ECB about restoring international cricket at Headingley but that Yorkshire would have to first “deal with the basis causes” that had led to the suspension.
While he revealed he had yet not been fully able to digest Yorkshire’s report into Rafiq’s allegations, Patel said: “What I’ve seen to date does really feel uncomfortable. It makes me really feel the method wasn’t as effectively accomplished because it ought to have been.”
Patel said he would release the report to those who had a “authorized curiosity” rather than simply make it public.
This would include, he explained, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the chairman of a parliamentary committee that is expected to hear testimony from Rafiq and several senior Yorkshire figures on November 16.
Patel said he had spoken with Rafiq for six-and-a-half hours since his appointment as chairman on Friday.
“It was tough and it was truly fairly unhappy,” Patel told the press conference.
“It was powerful for me, it was extremely powerful for him. You did really feel ‘why would we do that to any human being’?”
Patel revealed he had asked Rafiq to “sit on his shoulder” and “problem him” on how he handles matters from this point onwards.
“It can be a disgrace to not work collectively to hunt his assist to discover a approach ahead,” he stated.
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