Alex Hales named by Azeem Rafiq in racism scandal over black dog ‘Kevin’

Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq has alleged that Alex Hales named his doberman dog Kevin, because it's is a name that Gary Ballance used in a derogatory manner towards people of colour.

Rafiq spoke to the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport committee in Parliament on Tuesday morning regarding an independent report in which his accusations of racism and bullying at Yorkshire County Cricket Club were made public.

After Yorkshire and former England cricketer Ballance was accused of using racial slurs against players, Rafiq added that his former team-mate called people of colour the name Kevin in a derogatory manner.

Following that, Rafiq said that he understood that former England and current Nottinghamshire player Alex Hales named his doberman dog Kevin.

Speaking to the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport committee in Parliament this morning, Rafiq named Balance and Hales when talking about his time at the club.

He 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."

Yorkshire captain Joe Root was also mentioned in the testimony.

But Rafiq insisted that while he was in attendance during some of the alleged incidents, the skipper was not involved.

Rafiq said: "He was involved in a lot of those socialising nights out where I was called a P—."

He added: "Rooty’s a good man. He’s never engaged in racist language."

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