Ebony Rainford-Brent receives troubling racist letter as cricket crisis worsens

Former England star Ebony Rainford-Brent shared an abhorrent racist letter she has received as the crisis engulfing cricket deepens.

Rainford-Brent, who played 22 ODIs and seven T20s for England, posted the handwritten letter on Twitter.

The 37-year-old, who has become a prominent pundit on both the men's and women's game since retiring, shared the letter as the fallout to Azeem Rafiq's testimony at a parliamentary select committee continues.

Rafiq spoke emotionally before a panel from the department for media, culture and sport about the alleged racism he endured during two separate spells at Yorkshire.

More players have begun to share their experiences from a host of counties up and down the country as the ECB come under pressure to reform the sport.

The letter shared by Rainford-Brent reads: "White cricket culture is white culture, you stupid racist b***h!

"Who invited you to my country? Go b***h, go!

"White culture is wiping your a**e with white toilet paper!

"We found you naked in Africa Ebony! Naked! Illiterate, primitive! Yes primitive Ebony!

"Leave our country b***h! Leave now! Go go today!"

Rainford-Brent captioned the tweet: "Interesting. Born in south London but apparently I was found naked in Africa as a primitive. Had some letters in my time but this one is up there!"

It comes after Alex Hales denied naming his black dog 'Kevin' in connection with a racist slur allegedly used at Yorkshire by Gary Ballance.

Speaking at the parliamentary select committee, Rafiq said: "Gary’s conduct was so disgusting I raised it with a shared agent we had. I felt isolated, humiliated at times.

“On tour, Gary Ballance walked over and said: 'Why you talking to him?' Going past a corner shop, I was asked if my uncle owned it.

“Kevin was something Gary [Ballance] used for people of colour in a derogatory manner. All the time.

“Gary and Alex Hales got very close to each other playing for England but I understand Alex went on to name his dog Kevin because it was black.

“It is disgusting how much of a joke it became.”

But Hales, who has 11 Test, 70 ODI and 60 T20I caps for England, has categorically denied the name of his dog holds any racial connotations.

He said in a statement: "Having heard the allegations made against me, I categorically and absolutely deny there was any racial connotation in the naming of my dog.

"I entirely respect and have huge sympathy for both the stance Azeem Rafiq has taken and what he has had to endure. His evidence was harrowing.

"There is no place for racism or discrimination of any kind in cricket and I will gladly co-operate with any investigation the game's authorities choose to hold.

"Neither I nor my representatives will be making any further comment on the matter."

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