The former professional cricketer said: “I was sent an image of this exchange from early 2011 today.“I have gone back to check my account and it is
The former professional cricketer said: “I was sent an image of this exchange from early 2011 today.
“I have gone back to check my account and it is me – I have absolutely no excuses.”
Talking to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on Tuesday, Rafiq accused English cricket of “institutional racism”.
But the former Yorkshire all-rounder is now embroiled in a racism row of his own.
Decade-old messages, seen by the Times, show Rafiq accusing someone, believed to be another Asian cricketer, of being reluctant to spend money on a meal out because “he is a Jew”.
In a statement posted on Twitter today, he said: “I am ashamed of this exchange and have now deleted it so as not to cause further offence.”
He added: “I was 19 at the time and I hope and believe I am a different person today.
“I am incredibly angry at myself and I apologise to the Jewish community and everyone who is rightly offended by this.”
Rafiq told the select committee earlier this week that “racism is not banter”.
He also conceded that he “wasn’t perfect” during his career as a cricketer.
More to follow.