Former England skipper Michael Vaughan stated that he’s “very disappointed” after being dropped from the BBC’s Ashes protection for allegedly making racist feedback in direction of former Yorkshire participant Azeem Rafiq. The Pakistan-born Rafiq alleged that Vaughan instructed him and two different gamers of Asian origin that there have been “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it” earlier than a County recreation in 2009, an accusation that Vaughan denied. Vaughan stated he was disillusioned with the choice however added that the problems afflicting cricket are greater than his plight.
“Very disillusioned to not be commentating for TMS on the Ashes and can miss working with nice colleagues & mates, however wanting ahead to being behind the mic for @foxcricket in Australia. The points going through cricket are greater than any particular person case and I wish to be a part of the answer, listening, educating myself and serving to to make it a extra welcoming sport for all,” Vaughan wrote in a press release posted on his Instagram account.
The BBC on Wednesday introduced that Vaughan will not be part of won’t be a part of its Test Match Special (TMS) staff for the upcoming collection in Australia.
“While he’s concerned in a big story in cricket, for editorial causes we don’t consider that it will be acceptable for Vaughan to have a job in our Ashes staff or wider protection of the game in the intervening time,” the BBC stated in a press release.
“We require our contributors to speak about related matters and his involvement within the Yorkshire story represents a battle of curiosity,” the assertion added.
However, England’s 2005 Ashes-winning skipper nonetheless has a contract to commentate in Ashes on Fox Sports Australia, and Vaughan stays a columnist with Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.
In a press release launched earlier, Vaughan had “categorically” denied the claims made on him by Rafiq, who has rocked English cricket by his latest revelations of racism throughout the system.
“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 fully false accusation has been made in opposition to me by a former team-mate, apparently supported by two different gamers.
“I’ve been in touch with the six different gamers from that staff and never certainly one of them has any recollection of the comment being made,” he added.
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