Gary Ballance: Yorkshire batter denies he failed leisure medicine check

Gary Ballance performed with Azeem Rafiq throughout his two spells at Yorkshire

Former England batter Gary Ballance has denied an allegation that he failed a leisure medicine check at Yorkshire.

Former team-mate Azeem Rafiq claimed in his witness assertion about racism at Yorkshire that the membership had “protected Ballance with respect to his drug and alcohol points”.

Rafiq additionally stated that Yorkshire as a substitute instructed the general public he was lacking video games due to psychological well being points.

A consultant for Ballance denied the particular allegations raised.

BBC Sport has additionally approached Yorkshire for remark.

Rafiq gave a witness assertion as a part of his employment tribunal in opposition to Yorkshire.

It was printed after the previous bowler spoke to the Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport choose committee about his experiences of racism throughout his two spells at Yorkshire.

“Through the years, YCCC protected Gary Steadiness with respect to his drug and alcohol points, permitting him to overlook drug hair pattern assessments to keep away from sanctions,” the assertion learn.

“When he failed a leisure drug check and was compelled to overlook some video games, the membership knowledgeable the general public he was lacking video games as a result of he was combating anxiousness and psychological well being points.”

Talking on Tuesday, Rafiq stated racist language was used “continuously” at Yorkshire and he acquired “inhuman” therapy after the stillbirth of his son in 2017.

He stated the environment turned “poisonous” after Ballance took over as captain and described the batter’s behaviour as disgusting.

Ballance has beforehand admitted utilizing racist language about Rafiq’s Pakistani heritage in the direction of him. In a prolonged assertion launched earlier in November, Ballance stated he “deeply regrets” the language he used.

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