Atiq uz Zaman, the former Pakistani cricketer, has opened up on his experience of racism in England. The qualified cricket coach tells how he and other Asian players have suffered racism in the English nation.
Defining the journey, Atiq added it was casual for them to use the terms like bloody Asian and Paki. While talking to Geo News, the former player narrated that he was targeted racially by a development officer named Paul Bryson at Lancashire.
Recalling the incident, the cricketer said,
“It was back in 2006, I was introduced to Bryson by another development officer for some coaching assignment. I got a stint and did a couple of sessions. For the third session, I couldn’t reach as my car was having some problem,”
“I texted Paul about the problem but he didn’t reply to my messages or my calls. The same evening, he phoned me and complained about my absence. When I reminded him that I had texted him, we exchanged some heated words before dropping the phone. After a few hours, he texted me again asking if I was that ‘samosa seller’ he saw at Edgbaston,”
“I was new to the society, I was still finding a job and wanted to settle, that’s why I refrained from taking it further as I believed that it could’ve jeopardized my career there,” the cricketer said.
“Also, it was normal for us to hear words like Paki or bloody Asians. It would hurt us then but we couldn’t do much about it,”
The former wicketkeeping batter further added that since Azeem Rafiq has been courageous enough to report the matter, many people have been encouraged to speak about their side of racial abuse.
Atiq also told that racism is not only limited to Lancashire or Yorkshire counties but is deeply rooted in England Cricket.
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