English cricketer Gary Balance apologizes to Azim Rafiq for his racist comment, got this reply

England cricketer Gary Ballance has apologized to Azim Rafiq for racist comments made by his former Yorkshire team-mate. In a statement in November, Balance, 32, admitted to using racist comments against Rafiq. He has personally apologized during his meeting with Rafiq in London.

Balance, who represented England in 23 Tests and 16 ODIs, last played for Yorkshire in September last year. In June this year, the ECB along with six others and the club were charged with defaming the game, following initial accusations of racism and harassment made by Rafiq at the club.

Gary Balance said: “I have wanted to meet Azim in person for a long time. I apologize wholeheartedly to Azim for the words I used while playing together. I can understand that at that time Rafiq, what would you have felt?”

He said: “He used unacceptable racist language at times. If I had realized how much it would hurt Azim, I never would have made that comment. That’s why I wanted to meet with him this week and talk personally about my mistakes.” apologize for that.”

He further stated, “I admitted from the beginning that the words I used were wrong and I hope this statement will bring some relief to Azim.”

Rafiq forgave Balance and said that his former teammate should be commended for his honesty. Rafiq said: “Gary has shown courage in apologizing. He should be commended for his honesty and apologies and now he should be allowed to move on with his life.”

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