ECB to present 12-point action plan on racism after Azeem Rafiq’s claims

Cricket’s 12-point action plan to tackle racism is set to be unveiled later on Thursday as the sport continues to feel the repercussions of Azeem Rafiq’s explosive testimony.

Officials from the England and Wales Cricket Board met with 18 first-class counties last week to discuss the plan, which aims to provoke a radical change of dressing-room and boardroom cultures.

It is understood that counties failing to comply with the new guidelines, which would include minimum ethnic minority representation at the boardroom level, would risk having their ECB funding canceled.


The ECB is set to issue a 12-point plan in response to allegations made by Azim Rafiq (PA)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan, who was implicated in one of the charges leveled by Rafiq, has been dropped from the BBC squad for the upcoming Ashes tour, which the corporation described as a potential “conflict of interest”. Is.

The former England captain was kicked out of a BBC radio show earlier this month after Rafiq accused Vaughan of saying “too many of you guys, we need to do something about it” during a 2009 Yorkshire match. Before him and a group of other Asian players. ,

A BBC spokesperson said: “While he is involved in an important story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to play a role in our Ashes team or the wider coverage of the game at this time.

“We need our contributors to talk about relevant topics and their participation in Yorkshire’s story represents a conflict of interest.”


Michael Vaughan has been dropped from BBC coverage of the Ashes (Nick Potts/PA)

In a statement released earlier this month, Vaughan said he “categorically denied” the allegations against him and called them “completely false.”

And on Wednesday Vaughan said he was “very disappointed” with the BBC’s decision, but confirmed he still looked forward to moving to Australia as part of the Fox Sports team.

Vaughan wrote on his Instagram account: “Very disappointed not to comment for TMS on The Ashes and will miss working with great colleagues and friends, but looking forward to being behind the mic for Foxcricket in Australia.

“The issues facing cricket are bigger than any individual matter and I want to be part of the solution, listening, educating myself and helping to make it a more welcoming sport for all. “

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