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Azeem Rafiq

Azeem Rafiq was suspended from all cricket under ECB jurisdiction for one month from July 26 for his actions

The ECB today announced that a cricket discipline commission panel comprising Edward Slinger, Ricky Needham and Matthew Wheeler was convened on August 4 to consider two charges against Azeem Rafiq.

The charges were that there had been a breach of ECB directives by personal attack in a public statement about England Under-19 team manager John Abrahams, and also by bringing the game into disrepute by that public statement.

Rafiq pleaded guilty to both charges and apologised unreservedly for his actions.

The panel ordered Rafiq to be suspended from all cricket under ECB jurisdiction for a period of one month from July 26, and ordered him to pay £500 towards the costs of the hearing.

The panel considered this to be a serious breach of the regulations particularly given Rafiq’s position as captain of the England U19 side.