Yorkshire County Cricket Club and a number of individuals have been charged following an investigation into allegations of racism made by former player Azeem Rafiq, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday, without naming the individuals. in question.
Rafiq, a Pakistani-born former England Under-19 captain, claimed last year that he had faced institutional racism at the club. The scandal shook English cricket to its core and led to many changes to Yorkshire’s coaching and administrative staff.
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“The charges arise from alleged breaches of ECB Directive 3.3 (behaviour that is inappropriate or likely to harm the interests of cricket or likely to bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer into disrepute) and the ECB Anti-Discrimination Code. the ECB,” the governing body said in a statement. “In cases of this nature, our normal practice is not to identify the accused persons at this stage. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis.”
An independent panel of the Cricket Disciplinary Committee, the body that handles disciplinary matters in the English domestic game, will hear the cases in due course. In April, Yorkshire chairman Kamlesh Patel said the club had learned its lessons and hoped to be a “beacon of hope” for diversity in English cricket.
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