Sport ECB all set to unveil a 12-point action plan on racism following Azeem Rafiq’s claims
A timeline of the racism crisis at Yorkshire County Cricket Club
Azeem Rafiq aired his full and harrowing allegations in the public arena at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee hearing on Tuesday. Here, the PA news agency provides a timeline of developments in the Yorkshire racism crisis so far. September 2, 2020 – In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, former England Under-19 captain Rafiq reveals: “I know how close I was to committing suicide during my time at Yorkshire” over what he describes as “institutional racism” at the county.
Cricket’s 12-point action plan to combat racism is set to be unveiled later on Thursday as the sport and the ECB continue to feel the repercussions of Azeem Rafiq’s explosive testimony.
Officials from the England and Wales Cricket Board met with the 18 first-class counties last week to discuss the plan, which is intended to instigate a radical overhaul of dressing-room and boardroom cultures.
It is understood that counties failing to adhere to the new guidelines, which will include a minimum ethnic minority representation at boardroom level, risk having their ECB funding revoked.
Everything you need to know on English cricket’s racism crisis – Azeem Rafiq revelations
Azeem Rafiq gave evidence to the DCMS committee on Tuesday.Here we summarise the state of play in cricket’s racism crisis.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan, who was implicated in one of the allegations made by Rafiq, has been left out of the BBC team for the upcoming Ashes tour due to what the corporation described as a potential “conflict of interest”.
The former England captain was stood down from his BBC radio show earlier this month after Rafiq alleged Vaughan said “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it” to him and a group of other Asian players before a Yorkshire match in 2009.
A BBC spokesperson said: “While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment.
Racism crisis: Cricket figures named by Azeem Rafiq in evidence session
Here is a look at the accusations and what those involved have had to say. Gary Ballance © Provided by Cricket365 Gary Ballance issued a statement earlier this month (Zac Goodwin/PA) Rafiq says the former Yorkshire captain consistently used offensive terms such as “P***”, “Raffa the Kaffir” and made discriminatory jokes about corner shops, bearded Asian men and Sheikhs. He also says Ballance used the name ‘Kevin’ to describe all people of colour in a derogatory manner.
“We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest.”
In a statement issued earlier this month, Vaughan said he “categorically denied” the allegations made against him and described them as “completely false”.
And on Wednesday Vaughan said he was “very disappointed” by the BBC’s decision but confirmed he was still looking forward to heading to Australia as part of the Fox Sports team.
Vaughan wrote on his Instagram account: “Very disappointed not to be commentating for TMS on the Ashes and will miss working with great colleagues & friends, but looking forward to being behind the mic for @foxcricket in Australia.
“The issues facing cricket are bigger than any individual case and I want to be part of the solution, listening, educating myself and helping to make it a more welcoming sport for all.”
Michael Vaughan apologises for hurt Azeem Rafiq has gone through in racism case
Vaughan has been taken off the BBC’s Ashes coverage amid the racism claims.Rafiq told MPs earlier this month of the “inhuman” treatment he suffered during his time at Yorkshire, with Vaughan among a number of figures implicated in the case.
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ECB 'shocked, shamed' by racism but chief Harrison vows not to quit .
Tom Harrison insists he will not leave his role as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive and wants to help address racism within the sport. An all-game meeting was held on Friday, with Harrison, who has held the position since 2015, under scrutiny over his handling of the sport's ongoing racism scandal.