Cricket whistleblower Azeem Rafiq has been accused of sending ‘creepy’ Whatsapp messages to a teenage girl who has gone public with her allegations.
Gayathri Ajith, 16 at the time, told the Yorkshire Post she received texts from the former Yorkshire cricketer about kissing her and inviting her to dinner after meeting her on a flight from Manchester to Dubai in 2015.
Rafiq last week apologised for sending anti-semitic messages on Facebook after his description of racism he experienced at Yorkshire Cricket Club named several top players at the top of the sport.
In shocking testimony before MPs, Rafiq broke down in tears as he made racial discrimination claims against Tim Bresnan, Matthew Hoggard, Alex Hales, Gary Ballance and David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd.
The spin bowler turned racism whistleblower also claimed the word P*** was ‘used constantly’ during his time at Yorkshire CCC as he gave explosive testimony to MPs.
In one shocking claim, he gave a harrowing account of having red wine forced down his throat by older players at his local team when he was 15 and a devout Muslim – before he drank more heavily from 2012 ‘to try to fit in’.
But Rafiq is now the subject of further claims about his character from local Yorkshire media after his whistleblowing sent shockwaves through the sport.
The row over Mr Rafiq’s racism allegations against players and officials at Yorkshire County Cricket Club took another twist last night with claims that he had been the victim of a dirty tricks campaign.
A Commons source has said that on the eve of Mr Rafiq’s appearance before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee last week, a senior sporting figure made allegations to members of the committee about aspects of Mr Rafiq’s lifestyle.
The source said: ‘They made various allegations about his private life and told us that as a result we shouldn’t trust his evidence.
Ms Ajith claimed she received the messages from the former Yorkshire cricketer, who was then aged 24, in December 2015.
According to the messages, Mr Rafiq told the girl: ‘u know what I wanted to do on the plane?.
The message continued: ‘I want to grab you push u up against wall and kiss you.’
Ms Ajith also alleges that Mr Rafiq had asked her to join him for dinner in Dubai.
She said she had told the cricketer that she was 17 to ‘appear a bit older’ and so she could join him having a vodka and coke while onboard the aircraft.
After receiving the messages, Ms Ajith responded: ‘Do you realise that I’m only 17?’
It is alleged Mr Rafiq responded: ‘Does tht mean it not allowed to want to kiss me… wud u have let me kiss u?’
Ms Ajith, who is now 22, said the messages appeared ‘creepy’. Responding to the proposition, Ms Ajith replied: ‘How do I know that you’re not some absolute pervert?’
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post last night, a spokesperson for Rafiq’s legal team said: ‘This was put to us late on a Friday evening. We need to look into this, so cannot comment further for now.’
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SOURCE: Mail Online – DARREN BOYLE