In a statement posted on the Somerset Club’s website, Brooks said: “I would like to refer to my name in Azim Rafiq’s statement to MPs this week that the use of the name Steve concerns some people who have to pronounce it. It has been a part of the dressing room before. It has nothing to do with any creed or lineage. It was common to give such a nickname.
“I accept the use of this name and now believe it was disrespectful and inappropriate to do so,” he said. I contacted Cheteshwar Pujara and apologized for any insult to him and his family. At the time I didn’t see it as racial discrimination but now I agree it was not acceptable.
Pujara played county cricket for Yorkshire in 2015 and 2018. Brooks also said that the language used in two of his tweets in 2012 was inappropriate and unacceptable.