The 37-year-old, who became the first black woman to play for the English cricket team in 2001, shared a picture of the letter on Twitter on Wednesday, during a week when the sport’s problems with racism were revealed.
Rainford-Brent subtitled her tweet: “Interesting … Born in south London but apparently I was found naked in Africa as a primitive. Had a few letters in my time but this one up there!”
The letter contained a number of racist and sexist insults and repeatedly referred to “White culture”.
In a summary of a report produced by an independent panel for the YCCC, the panel concluded that “there is no question” that Rafiq “was the victim of racial harassment.”
Rainford-Brent represented her country 29 times until 2010 before moving into sports broadcast.
In 2020, she partnered with cricket legend Michael Holding to produce a powerful short film to address the issue of racism in both cricket and society after the police murder of George Floyd.
“Everyone was a melting pot, and I realized that as soon as I entered the world of cricket, the comments started.
“I had comments about where I grew up, and about the fact that I had a long name, maybe my mother didn’t know who my father was; about my hair, body parts, especially the derrie, let’s say; about the food that is .I ate and that smelled bad.
“I wonder why I’ve stayed so long. I love the game, it has so much more to offer, but it can be really hard to deal with that day after day.”