The racism row in English cricket is getting worse.

The racism row in English cricket is getting worse.

The wearing of black face paint by former England batsman Alex Hales has triggered new racial accusations.

Wearing black face paint has become the latest in a string of allegations of racism to have hit English cricket.

The photos, which were released late Thursday by Britain’s The Sun tabloid. Follow disclosures by former player Azeem Rafiq about his career-ending racism. Which have shocked the English game.

Rafiq told a parliamentary committee earlier this week that Hales named his black dog “Kevin.” Because cricketer Gary Ballance used the name as a discriminatory insult for persons of color. A claim that Hales denied “categorically.”

Hales said in a statement to The Sun that the photos showed him at a New Year’s Eve party dressed as Tupac Shakur. Better known by his stage name 2Pac, his musical hero.

Hales described him as “someone I’ve admired since childhood. “Adding that “at the time, [I] didn’t realise the hurtful nature of this.”

The 32-year-old batsman, who was suspended for a second positive drugs test in 2019. Is facing a new inquiry. Said he deplores “racism and discrimination in all forms.”

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Racism row in English cricket

The photographs were “extremely upsetting and disgusting.” Said Julian Knight, the MP who headed Tuesday’s committee meeting.

He warned that “The whole soul of English cricket is now at danger.”

He had earlier stated that the abuse had driven him to consider suicide.

However, after The Times newspaper found communications he wrote to former Warwickshire and Leicestershire player Ateeq Javid.

The 30-year-old stated that he was 19 years old at the time and that he was now a completely different guy.

“I am really angry about myself,” he stated. “And I apologize to the Jewish community and everyone who has been wrongfully insulted.”

Rafiq had “suffered horribly at the hands of racists in cricket. So he will fully understand the sorrow this exchange will give to Jews who have backed him.” Said Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

“His apologies is heartfelt, and we have no reason to doubt that he is fully serious,” the board president added.

As a result of Rafiq’s statement, Yorkshire’s chairman and chief executive have resigned, and head coach Andrew Gale has been suspended pending an inquiry into a previous anti-Semitic post.

On Thursday, the British government threatened them with the “nuclear option” of self-regulation.

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