'Appalled': English cricket rocked by fresh racism allegations

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Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan (pictured) during commentary.
Former England cricket captain, Michael Vaughan, has again denied allegations he made a racist remark during his cricket days. (Getty Images)

English cricket is preparing itself for more allegations of racist abuse after former cricketer Maurice Chambers made fresh claims in an interview.

On the eve of a Parliamentary committee hearing into the allegations of racism made by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq, which triggered the resignations of both chairman and chief executive, another player has made incendiary accusations about team-mates at Essex and Northamptonshir.

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Chambers, who also played for Warwickshire and England Lions during a decade in the game, spoke to The Cricketer in which he alleged he was subjected to racist bullying during his time as a player.

During the interview, Chambers alleged he had a banana throw at him and was called a monkey, while a coach read out racist jokes in the dressing room.

Chambers said he was inspired by Rafiq to come out and speak and did not take payment for the interview.

He added: "I want other players to have the courage to speak up and share their experiences. Only by letting people know about the things that have being going on can we bring about change."

On Sunday another former Essex player, Zoheb Sharif, said he received racist abuse that included being called "bomber" by his team-mates after the September 11 attack.

The England Wales Cricket Board came down hard on the Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) after backlash over its handling of allegations of racism by former player Azeem Rafiq.

Yorkshire has been banned from hosting international matches due to the fallout.

Now, the ECB said it was "appalled"and would investigate the new incidents alongside the other allegations about Essex.

Essex chief executive John Stephenson, who took over the day-to-day running in October, said Chambers' allegations made distressing reading' and would 'be taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly'.

Michael Vaughan forced to deny racist allegations

Rafiq's allegations were followed by current England leg-spinner Adil Rashid becoming the second player to claim that Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, told a group of four Asian Yorkshire players: "(there's) too many of your lot, we need to do something about it".

Last week, Vaughan, who won the 2005 Ashes as England captain, denied all allegations levelled against him by Rafiq.

The former England captain has come out again to deny the allegations after he was stood down by the BBC.

However he is expected to cover the Ashes for Fox Sports Australia. 

On Monday he issued a statement in which he said: "I categorically deny saying the words attributed to me by Azeem Rafiq and want to re-state this publicly because the 'you lot' comment simply never happened."

Vaughan added: "To be confronted with this allegation1 years after it has supposed to have happened is the worst thing I have ever experienced."

"I fully accept that perspectives differ, and I have great sympathy for what Azeem Rafiq has gone through, but I hope everyone understands why I cannot allow this to go unchallenged or my reputation to be trashed unfairly."

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