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Steve Lazars: I felt a failure, alone and a reject just like Azeem

Statement dug up ugly memories for former North West all-rounder

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Steve Lazars and his wife Jenny

Steve Lazars and his wife Jenny

Steve Lazars and his wife Jenny

Watching the video of former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq’s statement at the British parliament this week unearthed “ugly memories” for Steve Lazars. The former North West Warriors all-rounder told the Sunday Independent, “It has brought back a lot of pain and I have suffered panic attacks.”

Lazars, 38, from Karnataka in India, says he experienced racism in more than a decade in Ireland as a professional player. He first came here in 2009 after representing his state at underage level and playing for the Rest of India against England under 19s.


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