The Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) has been suspended from hosting international or major games for dealing with allegations of racism by former player Azeem Rafiq, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.
“It is clear that YCCC’s handling of the issues raised by Azeem Rafiq is completely unacceptable and is seriously damaging the reputation of the game,” the ECB said in a statement.
Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, 31 Who said on Wednesday he used racist language against his former teammate Rafiq, was also indefinitely suspended from the English selection seize, “said the ECB.
” Although Mr Ballance has not been selected for England since 2017, he will remain selected for an indefinite period l suspended. This position will be reviewed following the ECB’s regulatory investigation into its conduct. “
The ECB added that it had agreed to hold Yorkshire accountable for handling the matter and to consider sanctions, including but not limited to financial ones and future game assignments, at the end of their investigation.
“In the meantime, the YCCC has been suspended from hosting international or major games until it has clearly demonstrated that it is being hosted by an international venue, an ECB member and first class County can meet expected standards, “said the ECB.
Reuters has asked the club, whose Headingley Stadium is regularly used for England’s test and limited overs games, for a comment.
Several sponsors have theirs Partnerships with Yorkshire ended after an independent report on Rafiq allegations of racism.
Yorkshire said last month that, following the report, which stated that Rafiq had been a victim of racial harassment and bullying in his first term in the county from 2008 to 2014, would not take action against employees, players or executives.
Rafiq and senior Yorkshire executives were announced on Aug. Tested in front of a parliamentary panel on digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) on November.
The chairman of the DCMS committee, Julian Knight, said in a statement on Thursday that the sentence imposed by the ECB was overdue.
“The ECB’s move to remove international cricket from Yorkshire should act as a short, sharp shock to bring the club to their senses.
” Like the rest of us, I can see that Yorkshire County Cricket Club members will ask why the board is still in office.
“As for Mr. Ballance, I choose not to comment on the details of the case for now. However, it would have been totally unacceptable if they had approved him for the selection of the English cricket team. “
Rafiq, a player of Pakistani descent and former England U19 captain, said last year he felt like one in Yorkshire Felt an outsider and considered killing himself.
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