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Professional Cricketers’ Association faces questions on “inept” support for Azeem Rafiq

4 February 2022

The Committee is expected to question the PCA on the support they provided Azeem Rafiq when he accused Yorkshire County Cricket Club of racial harassment and bullying - support that he characterized as “incredibly inept.” The union’s involvement in the ECB’s 12-point plan to combat racism in the sport may be explored. This plan followed the Committee’s Racism in cricket report which recommended that funding for cricket must depend on progress on tackling racism.

Football governance will be addressed in a second panel with MPs expected to investigate the policy of the Professional Footballers’ Association towards footballers accused of sexual assault and their attitude towards accused players rejoining teams. The Fan led review of football governance, the slowing growth of the women’s game, and the Committee’s previous report into Concussion in sport are also on the agenda.  

Witnesses

Friday 4 February

At 10.00am   

  • James Harris, PCA Chair and Glamorgan County Cricket Club all-rounder 
  • Anuj Dal, PCA Vice Chair and Derbyshire County Cricket Club all-rounder 
  • Julian Metherell, PCA Non-Executive Chair 
  • Rob Lynch, PCA Chief Executive

At 11:00am

  • Maheta Molango, PFA Chief Executive 
  • Geoff Thompson MBE, Chair, PFA Operational Board

Further information

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