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 the direction of former Yorkshire participant Azeem Rafiq. The Pakistan-born Rafiq alleged that Vaughan informed 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 sport in 2009, an accusation that Vaughan denied. Vaughan stated he was disillusioned with the choice however added that the problems afflicting cricket are larger than his plight.
“Very disillusioned to not be commentating for TMS on the Ashes and can miss working with nice colleagues & associates, however wanting ahead to being behind the mic for @foxcricket in Australia. The points going through cricket are larger than any particular person case and I need 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 an announcement posted on his Instagram account.
The BBC on Wednesday introduced that Vaughan will not be part of is not going to be a part of its Test Match Special (TMS) crew for the upcoming sequence in Australia.
“While he’s concerned in a big story in cricket, for editorial causes we don’t consider that it could be applicable for Vaughan to have a job in our Ashes crew or wider protection of the game in the meanwhile,” the BBC said in a statement.
“We require our contributors to speak about related subjects and his involvement within the Yorkshire story represents a battle of curiosity,” the statement added.
However, England’s 2005 Ashes-winning skipper still has a contract to commentate in Ashes on Fox Sports Australia, and Vaughan remains a columnist with Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.
In a statement released earlier, Vaughan had “categorically” denied the claims made on him by Rafiq, who has rocked English cricket by his recent revelations of racism within the system.
“I categorically deny saying the phrases attributed to me by Azeem Rafiq and need to re-state this publicly as a result of the ‘you lot’ remark merely by no means occurred.
“It is extremely upsetting that this completely false accusation has been made against me by a former team-mate, apparently supported by two other players.
“I’ve been in touch with the six different gamers from that crew and never certainly one of them has any recollection of the comment being made,” he added.
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