Yorkshire chairman Kamlesh Patel says he has received racist letters . Patel says he has received racist letters from people who do not believe the county was racially motivated .
LEEDS: Following Azeem Rafiq's charges of racial abuse and bullying while playing for the county, Yorkshire chairman Kamlesh Patel said Thursday that he had received utterly racist letters.Patel also revealed that if England were playing in Leeds again on the day Test cricket returned to Yorkshires Headingley headquarters, the county would have gone bankrupt.Rafiq, a Pakistani-born former off-spinner, first made allegations of bigotry and bullying in September 2020, relating to his two spells at Yorkshire.Last year, Rafiq testified before a parliamentary committee, putting the province under increasing pressure for them to take any disciplinarian action.The England and Wales Cricket Board also threatened to pull competitive internationals from Headingley unless something was changed.New chairman Patel's agenda helped to avert a financial crisis for Yorkshire.The issue is, however, far from resolved, with ECB sanctions placed against the club and a variety of individuals, whom officials have yet to name.On BBC Radio, Patel was asked if he had received racist mail on the first day of the third Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley on Thursday. We have a small but vocal group of people who do not accept that this club was racially motivated.I believe we must move beyond this denial.Racism is prevalent in the workplace.It really happened at this club. We know there is misogyny, violence, power imbalances, and these things happen.It happened here really badly.We needed to make a difference, and I sincerely believe we did.Patel said, in simple terms, that Yorkshire would have gone bankrupt if they had been stripped of Test cricket as punishment. We were going to go bankrupt if Test matches and international matches came back here.