England's Test captain Joe Root on Monday reiterated he did not witness racism at Yorkshire and hoped to have a discussion with for county teammate Azeem Rafiq after the Ashes about the discrimination he faced.
Root said he has reached out to Rafiq since he delivered tearful testimony in Parliament on November 16 describing the humiliation he had faced while playing for Yorkshire. Rafiq had described Root as a 'good man' as he had never faced racist behavior from the batter.
"We have exchanged a couple of messages since, quite recently actually, and hopefully when we finish this tour we will get the opportunity to sit down and talk about this whole situation. About how we can move the game forward," Root said.
Root in a statement through England and Wales Cricket Board condemning racism within society and cricket. He maintained that he had not witnessed discriminatory behaviour experienced by Rafiq.
"No, I stand by what I said," he said.
"I don't recall those incidences. If they are an oversight on my part then that's an area we all have to learn from, and I have to learn from. I think about things that have happened since then. There have been things that have happened on a cricket field where I feel like I have stepped in and called things out.
Root called for educating and learning from everyone involved in the sport to weed out racism.
"I think that comes from growth and learning, understanding and education. There is still further education that I need to undergo and develop myself further. Within our game, I think everyone does.
"There is so much work that has to be done - so much energy has to be thrown into this and there has to be a real drive to make a real difference."