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Azeem Rafiq Addresses Cricket's Real Demons; Rahul Dravid's Era Begins...

Playthings Episode 6: Racism in English cricket is laid bare after Azeem Rafiq details what he endured while playing for Yorkshire to a British parliamentary committee | Rahul Dravid takes charge as Indian cricket team coach and offers glimpses of his approach toward moulding the side for the future | AIBA postpones world championships, paving way for Mary Kom to throw in her challenge.

In this episode of Playthings, co-hosts Siddhanth Aney and Leslie Xavier talk about racism in cricket and how it is important for the game to address the elephant in the room immediately. In his testimony to British lawmakers on November 16, former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq detailed the widespread discrimination he endured within the county side as well as the English game, saying he lost his career to racism. His story is not singular. In other stories, Rahul Dravid has taken charge as the coach of the Indian cricket team, and has hinted at charting out a holistic plan to smoothly transition the side to the next generation. With the AIBA Women's Boxing Championships, originally scheduled for December, getting postponed by three months, the Boxing Federation of India is sure to hold trials, opening the way for Mary Kom to throw in her challenge.​

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