How has the Yorkshire cricket racism scandal affected grassroots clubs?

The ripple effect from Azeem Rafiq's stand against Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been felt far and wide - from amateur players to those who play at an elite level - the cricket world has been rocked by allegations of racism.

While giving evidence today to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee, Azeem Rafiq said that the problem is not at grassroots, but when players join academies.

  • Our reporter Arif Ahmed has been taking a look at one league in Bradford that was set up more than 40 years ago.

What is the Quaid-e-Azam Sunday Cricket League?

The Quaid-e-Azam Sunday Cricket League (QeASCL) is the first Asian cricket league recognised by the English Cricket Board and hosted 30 teams across three divisions in its prime.  The league has drawn in talent from across Bradford, Leeds, Kirkdale, Calderdale, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Sheffield, Manchester and even Nottingham.

The QeASCL was founded in 1980, created by South Asian communities in West Yorkshire, to combat what was felt to be limited opportunities for Asian cricketers in league cricket and was named after the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.