Michael Vaughan “very disappointed” at being removed from BBC Ashes coverage | cricket news

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said he is “deeply disappointed” after he was removed from the BBC’s Ashes coverage for allegedly making racist remarks towards former Yorkshire player Azim Rafiq. Pakistan-born Rafiq alleged that Vaughan told him and two other players of Asian descent that “there were too many of you guys, we need to do something about it”, before a county game in 2009. denied this allegation. Vaughan said he was disappointed with the decision but added that the issues affecting cricket were bigger than his plight.

“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 make it a more welcoming sport for all.” Vaughan wrote in a statement posted to his Instagram account.

The BBC announced on Wednesday that Vaughan would not be part of its Test Match Special (TMS) squad for the upcoming series in Australia.

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

“We need to speak to our contributors on relevant topics and their participation in Yorkshire’s story represents a conflict of interest,” the statement said.

However, England’s 2005 Ashes-winning captain still has contract to comment on Fox Sports Australia in the Ashes, and Vaughan remains a columnist with Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

In an earlier statement, Vaughan had “categorically” denied the claims made on him by Rafiq, who has rocked English cricket with his recent revelations of racism within the system.

“I categorically refuse to say the words attributed to me by Azeem Rafiq and want to re-state it publicly because the ‘you lot’ comment never happened.

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“It is extremely disturbing that this completely false allegation has been leveled against me by a former teammate, apparently supported by two other players.

“I’ve been in contact with six other players on that team and none of them have any recollection of this comment,” he said.

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