The Ashes 2021:Michael Vaughan Out from BBC team over ‘Conflict’ amid Azeem Rafiq Statement

Published 24 November 2021 By: James

Azeem Rafiq accused Michael Vaughan of making a racist comment to him and other Asian players during their time together at Yorkshire; however, he denies these allegations. In addition, Mr. Vaughn was stood down from his BBC radio show earlier this month as well due an internal investigation regarding the claims made by Azeem Rafiq.

The statement said, “While he is involved in a significant story with regards to cricket for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have any sort of role on our Ashes team or wider coverage at the moment.”

“We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest.”

Rafiq has called for the entire leadership team at Yorkshire County Cricket Club to resign after he revealed the scale of racism he had suffered while playing for the team to a committee of MPs at Westminster.

He has accused Vaughan of saying “there’s too many of you lot” – in reference to four players of Asian descent in the Yorkshire team – at a 2009 game.