Panesar slams broadcast 'blacklisting' of Vaughan amid racism row

back icon
safari
27 Nov 2021 | 03:34 AM
authorcricket.com staff

Panesar slams broadcast 'blacklisting' of Vaughan amid racism row

Panesar stressed he wasn't calling Rafiq a liar or absolving Vaughan from Yorkshire's failure to tackle discrimination

English cricket has been rocked by revelations of racism from Pakistan-born former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq. These have included an allegation that Vaughan told the now 30-year-old Rafiq and other Yorkshire players of Asian origin that there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" during a county match in 2009. 

Monty Panesar has said the "blacklisting" of Michael Vaughan is a "distortion of natural justice" after the former England captain was dropped from the BBC radio commentary team for the upcoming Ashes series amid an ongoing racism row.

Vaughan, however, has "categorically denied" the allegation, although then Yorkshire paceman Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, a former Pakistan international, and current Yorkshire and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid have backed Rafiq's version of events. The BBC said were Vaughan to commentate on the five-Test Ashes series, which starts in Brisbane next month, it would represent a "conflict of interest".

Meanwhile, BT Sport are examining ways to ensure the 47-year-old's commentary -- via Fox Sports in Australia -- does not appear on British television screens. "This feels deeply unethical -- a classic case of someone being tried and convicted without any form of due process being undertaken," former England bowler Panesar wrote in a website piece published Friday by Britain's Daily Telegraph, the newspaper for which Vaughan is a columnist.

Panesar, the first Sikh to represent England, played international cricket under Vaughan and he insisted he had never known any prejudice from his former skipper. "I only experienced positive things with him," the left-arm spinner said. "I cannot reconcile the man I know with the one who has been the subject of these allegations."

Panesar stressed he wasn't calling Rafiq a liar or absolving Vaughan from Yorkshire's failure to tackle discrimination "but that doesn't make him a racist, and does not mean he deserves to see his career and reputation torn apart".

The 39-year-old said the BBC and BT had taken the "easy option" by blocking Vaughan from broadcasting on the Ashes. "To blacklist one of the best England captains we have produced on the basis of historic and still-unproven allegations feels wrong, and a distortion of natural justice," he added.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
EnglandAzeem RafiqMonty PanesarMichael Vaughan

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Giles pleads for 'second chances' in racism scandal
He said cricket has to do "much better... discrimination of any form just isn't acceptable"
userAFP
28 Nov 2021
safari
NEWS
English cricket launches anti-racism plan after Rafiq 'earthquake'
Meanwhile, Michael Vaughan categorically denied the allegations against him
userAFP
26 Nov 2021
safari
NEWS
BBC drop Michael Vaughan over involvement in Yorkshire racism row
After Rafiq, Adil Rashid and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan have also said they overheard Vaughan's alleged remarks
usercricket.com staff
25 Nov 2021
safari
NEWS
Rafiq testifies against institutional racism within Yorkshire
The former Yorkshire allrounder described Joe Root as a "good man" while criticizing the England captain's silence while he was subjected to racism within Yorkshire
userPTI
16 Nov 2021
safari
NEWS
Adil Rashid backs Azeem Rafiq's racism claims against Vaughan
England leg-spinner corroborated former Yorkshire allrounder's allegation against Michael Vaughan's comment directed at Asian players
usercricket.com staff
15 Nov 2021
safari
NEWS
Vaughan denies accusation in Azeem Rafiq's racism investigation report
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has denied accusation after he was named in Azeem Rafiq's racism investigation report
userPTI
05 Nov 2021
safari
NEWS
You cannot have four rabbits from 8-11: Vaughan
Vaughan feels senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's inclusion in the playing XI can solve the problem
usercricket.com staff
29 Aug 2021
safari
NEWS
'It’s quite an obvious one,' Vaughan picks New Zealand to pip India in WTC final
The former England captain also reckons that this is the best-ever New Zealand side
usercricket.com staff
19 May 2021
safari
NEWS
Wish Butt had such a clear thought of mind when he was fixing matches: Vaughan
The former England captain hit back at Salman Butt after the latter took a dig at him for his comments on Kohli and Williamson
usercricket.com staff
16 May 2021
safari
NEWS
England cricket's leadership power lies with Morgan not Root, so he gets what he wants: Vaughan
Vaughan fears that Morgan being too powerful could end up harming English cricket
userPTI
08 Mar 2021
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved