The ECB Board today discussed the developments in relation to Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and decided to hold Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) to account in relation to their handling of the issues raised by Azeem Rafiq. ECB clearly stated that YCCC’s handling of the issues is wholly unacceptable and is causing serious damage to the reputation of the game. They further added that the matter is abhorrent and against the spirit of cricket and its values.
"There is no place for racism or any form of discrimination in cricket and where it is found, swift action must be taken. This matter must be dealt with robustly if the sport is to demonstrate its commitment to truly being a game for everyone. In the meantime, YCCC are suspended from hosting international or major matches until it has clearly demonstrated that it can meet the standards expected of an international venue, ECB member and First Class County," ECB statement read.
The ECB Board has asked the ECB Executive to commission a review of Yorkshire CCC’s governance to consider whether the existing arrangements are fit for purpose. According to the statement, the regulatory processes already underway into the allegations brought by Azeem Rafiq will ultimately be determined by an independent tribunal (The Cricket Disciplinary Committee). Further, the board decided to ban Gary Ballance till a proper investigation is on.
"Before any regulatory investigation is complete, the Board wishes to take immediate action in relation to Gary Ballance. While Mr Ballance has not been selected to play for England since 2017, he will be suspended indefinitely from the selection. This position will be reviewed following the ECB regulatory investigation into his conduct."