Yorkshire sack entire coaching staff amid racism scandal outcry

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03 Dec 2021 | 01:20 PM
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Yorkshire sack entire coaching staff amid racism scandal outcry

Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale were among the ones who have removed from their positions

English county club Yorkshire on Friday announced the removal of director of cricket Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale amid the public outcry surrounding Azeem Rafiq's racism scandal.

In response to the allegations made by Rafiq before a parliamentary committee in November, the county have let go 16 members of their backroom staff. The England and Wales Cricket Board had suspended Yorkshire from hosting international matches after they announced that no action was necessary against its members following an independent investigation.

Ahead of Rafiq's testimony, former chief executive Mark Arthur resigned from his post which closely followed former chairman Roger Hutton's resignation.

"Significant change is required at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we are committed to taking whatever action is necessary to regain trust," Yorkshire new chair Lord Patel said in a statement. 

"The decisions announced today were difficult to make, but are in the best interests of the Club. Without making important changes to how we are run, we cannot move on from the past to become a culture which is progressive and inclusive.

"We want to make Yorkshire County Cricket Club a place for everyone, from all backgrounds. To do this, we need to rebuild our culture and instill positive values in everyone associated with Yorkshire. We are determined to learn from the mistakes of the past to become a club which people can trust.

"We are hoping to announce a new director of cricket in the coming days. We have a huge rebuilding job to do but we are confident that this heralds a step forward towards a brighter future."

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Thursday was stood down from BT Sport's broadcast panel for the upcoming Ashes after Rafiq alleged that Vaughan had made racist remarks over inclusion of players of Asian origin within the team.

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