Tim Bresnan to take ‘cultural awareness’ training amid Yorkshire racism scandal

Tim Bresnan to take ‘cultural awareness’ training amid Yorkshire racism scandal

Former England International Tim Bresnan will take ‘cultural awareness’ training after being implicated in the ongoing racism scandal surrounding Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Bresnan’s current club Warwickshire have confirmed the seam bowler will face no disciplinary action following the claims, but will take part in an awareness course.

The 36-year-old – who spent 18 years with the White Rose – was named in the investigation, after former Yorkshire man Azeem Rafiq accused him of bullying.

Warwickshire have now confirmed that they have spoken at length with both Bresnan and Rafiq, and added that all of their staff will take part in the training amid the scandal that has disgraced the sport.

Tim Bresnan allegedly bullied Azeem Rafiq.
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The two-time Ashes winner has ‘categorically denied’ the accusations of racism, but did offer an apology to Rafiq following claims of bullying.

Bresnan said: “For any part I played in contributing to Azeem Rafiq’s experience of feeling bullied at Yorkshire, I apologised unreservedly.

“I must, though, categorically deny his accusation that I ‘frequently made racist comments’. This is absolutely not true.”

In a statement from Warwickshire, the club’s chairman Mark McCafferty has confirmed Bresnan will be ‘heavily involved’ in the training process, adding the seam bowler ‘fully supports’ the county’s stance on ‘inclusivity’.

McCafferty said: “He [Bresnan] fully supports Warwickshire’s stance on inclusivity and understands our expectations of him as a player.

“Warwickshire are determined to reflect the communities we serve at every level, with Edgbaston a safe and welcoming place for all. Nothing will prevent us from achieving this goal.”

Tim Bresnan spent 18 years at Yorkshire.
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After offering an initial apology following Rafiq’s allegations in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, Bresnan reiterated this sentiment in the club’s recent statement.

“I have apologised for any distress caused to Azeem when we were both part of the Yorkshire dressing room,” added the Yorkshireman.

“I understand that there needs to be a shift in cultural awareness and understanding in the game.

“I am firmly committed to using my experience to support the next generation of Warwickshire cricketers, so that they can learn how to make the dressing room a safe and welcoming place for every cricketer to thrive.”

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