English bowler apologizes to Cheteshwar Pujara, know the reason

English County Cricket Club’s Somerset fast bowler Jack Brooks on Thursday apologized to Indian team’s star batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara has apologized for his role in naming him ‘Steve’ while playing for Yorkshire.

Brooks, who joined Somerset in 2018, has also apologized for the racist tweet he made in 2012. England cricket has been embroiled in controversy over Azim Rafiq’s allegations of institutional racism against Yorkshire and its investigation. Brooks has been accused of using racial slurs against England fast bowler Timal Mills and Oxfordshire short-time county cricket player Stuart Lodet. Somerset is investigating those allegations.

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.

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