Racism has swept the cricket world, and incidents do not appear to be abating since Azeem Rafiq stood up to speak about his ordeals. In a recent turn of events, the BBC has withdrawn Michael Vaughan from its commentary team for the next Ashes, according to sources. Vaughan is thought to be involved in the ongoing probe at Yorkshire, thus the BBC made the major decision. Rafiq has accused Vaughan of making racial comments during a Yorkshire match in 2009. Furthermore, Adil Rashid and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan backed Rafiq’s remarks.

While Michael Vaughan is now involved in a major cricket story, we do not believe it is suitable for him to be a part of our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at this time for editorial reasons. In a statement, the BBC said, “We require our contributors to talk on relevant topics, and his engagement in the Yorkshire story implies a conflict of interest.”

Tuffers and Vaughan were dismissed by the BBC earlier this month after the 47-year-old admitted to utilising racist comments by Rafiq during his time at the Yorkshire club. Vaughan, on the other hand, may be heard in the United Kingdom because he has a contract to commentate for Australia’s Fox Network. The same commentary would be used by BT Sport. Vaughan has been accused of telling Asian players, ‘Too many of you bunch, we need to do something about it,’ according to reports.

“This hit me like a tonne of bricks. It felt like a brick had been thrown at my head. As a player or pundit, I’ve been active in cricket for 30 years and have never been accused of anything slightly resembling this incident or disciplinary offence. It was made all the more difficult to digest the claim because it came entirely out of the blue and more than a decade after it was said to have occurred. I absolutely and categorically deny ever using those things,” Vaughan stated.