Hales accused of naming black dog after racial slur allegedly used at Yorkshire

Alex Hales has been accused of naming his black dog ‘Kevin’ after a racial slur allegedly used at Yorkshire by Gary Ballance.

Former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq gave his account of the troubling issues of racism within the domestic game, particularly the culture within his former club.

Rafiq, who was born in Pakistan and raised in Barnsley, spoke on Tuesday before MPs under parliamentary privilege at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Select Committee hearing regarding the allegations.

In the hearing, Rafiq named both Ballance and Alex Hales when discussing the allegedly racist culture at Yorkshire CCC.

“Gary’s conduct was so disgusting I raised it with a shared agent we had,” Rafiq said. “I felt isolated, humiliated at times.

“On tour, Gary Ballance walked over and said: 'Why you talking to him?' Going past a corner shop, I was asked if my uncle owned it.

“Kevin was something Gary [Ballance] used for people of colour in a derogatory manner. All the time.

“Gary and Alex Hales got very close to each other playing for England but I understand Alex went on to name his dog Kevin because it was black.

“It is disgusting how much of a joke it became.”

The allegations appear to have weight behind them as Hales has repeatedly referred to his dog as ‘Kev’ on social media.

In 2018, Hales took to Instagram to write: “Shoutout to big Kev on national pet day! #nationalpetday.”

Rafiq, a former captain of the England Under-19s, first claimed in September 2020 that he had received racist abuse and was made to feel like an outsider at Yorkshire and that he had even contemplated suicide.

Yorkshire’s response to an independent report into Rafiq’s allegations led to widespread criticism of the club, with chairman Roger Hutton stepping down amid the outrage and the ECB suspending the club from hosting international or major matches.

Rafiq also told panel members he does not want his son to play cricket following his own traumatic experiences of racism.

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