After a racist incident in Yorkshire, the BBC removed Michael Vaughan from the Ashes coverage.
FORMER The BBC has dropped England captain Michael Vaughan from their coverage of the upcoming Ashes tour of Australia.
According to the BBC, the change was made to avoid a potential “conflict of interest” in the ongoing racism allegations. Former England captain Azeem Rafiq has made claims against him, which he denies.
“While he is involved in an important issue in cricket, we do not consider it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at this time,” a BBC spokesperson said.
“We want our contributors to discuss on things that are relevant to them, and his engagement in the Yorkshire story is a conflict of interest.”
“Very unhappy not to be commentating for TMS on the Ashes and will miss working with excellent colleagues andamp; friends,” Mr Vaughan tweeted on Instagram, “but looking forward to being behind the mic for @foxcricket in Australia.”
“The difficulties confronting cricket are larger than any single case, and I want to be a part of the solution by listening, educating myself, and assisting in making it a more inclusive sport for all.”
During a Yorkshire match in 2009, Mr Rafiq alleged Mr Vaughan spoke to him and a group of other players, “too many of you bunch, we need to do something about it.”
“I unequivocally deny saying the remarks alleged to me by Azeem Rafiq and want to re-state this publicly since the ‘you lot’ comment simply never happened,” Mr Vaughan said in a statement earlier this month.
“It’s incredibly disheartening that a former teammate has made this utterly bogus charge against me, which appears to have been backed up by two other players.”
“I’ve spoken with the other six players on that squad, and none of them recalls the insult being uttered.”
After being fired from his BBC radio show, the former England captain has since been reinstated.
Mr Rafiq testified in front of the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee earlier this month.
He informed MPs about his racial harassment and bullying charges against Yorkshire.
As he recalled his experiences during two spells at Yorkshire, the former Yorkshire spinner broke down on several occasions.
“All I wanted to do was play cricket and play for England and live my life,” he said in a statement.