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Michael Vaughan Dropped From BBC Ashes Commentary Team Amid Racism Row

Michael Vaughan has been unnoticed of the BBC commentary workforce for the upcoming Ashes collection in Australia to keep away from a “conflict of interest” amid an ongoing racism row. English cricket has been rocked by revelations of racism from Pakistan-born former Yorkshire participant Azeem Rafiq. These have included an allegation that former England captain Vaughan informed the now 30-year-old Rafiq and different Yorkshire gamers of Asian origin that there have been “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it” throughout a county match in 2009.

Vaughan, an Ashes-winning skipper in 2005, has “categorically denied” the allegation.

Following Rafiq’s feedback, which have sparked a tidal wave of accusations of racism inside English cricket, the 47-year-old Vaughan was stood down from his BBC radio present earlier this month.

And a spokesperson for the broadcaster stated Wednesday: “While he’s concerned in a big story in cricket, for editorial causes we don’t consider that it could be applicable for Michael Vaughan to have a task in our Ashes workforce or wider protection of the game in the meanwhile.

“We require our contributors to speak about related matters and his involvement within the Yorkshire story represents a battle of curiosity.”

Vaughan nonetheless has a contract to commentate on the Ashes collection for Fox Sports, one of many hosts Australian tv broadcasters, and the previous top-order batsman stays a columnist with Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

In an announcement issued earlier in November, Vaughan stated: “I categorically deny saying the phrases attributed to me by Azeem Rafiq and wish to re-state this publicly as a result of the ‘you lot’ remark merely by no means occurred.

“It is extraordinarily upsetting that this utterly false accusation has been made in opposition to me by a former team-mate, apparently supported by two different gamers.

“I’ve been involved with the six different gamers from that workforce and never one in all them has any recollection of the comment being made,” he added.

Last week noticed Rafiq, who later admitted to posting an anti-Semitic message on Twitter as a youngster, give vivid testimony to a parliamentary committee throughout a listening to the place he stated his profession had been reduce quick by racism.

England and Wales Cricket Board chief govt Tom Harrison, was extensively criticised for his response to Rafiq’s revelations whereas showing on the similar listening to.

Following a gathering of the nationwide governing physique’s constituent members on Friday, Harrison promised “tangible motion” to fight racism, however stated the main points wouldn’t be revealed till this week.

The fallout for Yorkshire, one in all English cricket’s oldest and most prestigious counties, over the scandal has been devastating, with sponsors making a mass exodus and the membership suspended from internet hosting profitable worldwide matches.


Yorkshire’s chairman and chief govt have each resigned, whereas head coach Andrew Gale has been suspended pending investigations over a historic anti-Semitic tweet.

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