Yorkshire sack entire coaching staff amid racism scandal outcry

Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced the dismissal of the director of cricket Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale on Friday, following the public outcry over Azeem Rafiq’s racism issue. The county has let go 16 members of their backroom staff in response to Rafiq’s charges before a parliamentary committee in November. Yorkshire had been barred from hosting international matches by the England and Wales Cricket Board after an independent review determined that no action against its members was required. Former CEO Mark Arthur resigned from his position shortly before Rafiq’s testimony, following former chairman Roger Hutton’s departure.

In a statement, Yorkshire new chair Lord Patel said, “Significant reform is required at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and we are determined to take whatever action is necessary to recover trust. The decisions made today were painful, but they are in the Club’s best interests. We won’t be able to move on from the past and become a progressive and inclusive culture until we make significant changes to how we operate. We want Yorkshire County Cricket Club to provide a welcoming environment for people from all walks of life. To accomplish so, we must revitalize our culture and teach positive values to all Yorkshire residents. We’re motivated to learn from our mistakes in order to build a club that people can rely on. In the next few days, we hope to name a new director of cricket. We still have a lot more work to do, but we’re optimistic that this is a move in the right direction.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was removed from BT Sport’s broadcast panel for the next Ashes series on Thursday after Rafiq claimed Vaughan made discriminatory remarks about the team’s inclusion of Asian players.