Michael Vaughan is now engaged in a controversy after being accused of making racist remarks against Asian players when playing for Yorkshire in 2009. In the most recent development, Vaughan broke his silence in response to claims made by Azeem Rafiq, which were backed up by Adil Rashid and Rana Naved. For the Asian players, the former England captain was quoted as saying, ‘too many of you lot, we need to do something about it.’ Here is what Michael Vaughan Discuss On Azeem Rafiq’s Allegations.
In a recent development, Vaughan has remarked that he was “proud as punch” of the Asian players in the team and has no recall of making any negative remarks back in 2009. Because of all of these claims, Vaughan has been dismissed from the BBC’s Ashes commentary team for ‘editorial concerns.’
“I don’t [remember], my recollection from that day as I’ve said I was a Yorkshire player for 18 years, I was the first player to sign for that club that was not born in the county, so for 18 years we have gone from me being the first to sign for the club, Sachin Tendulkar being the first from overseas, to players being able to sign from other clubs. It was my last few games and I remember it clearly that I was proud as punch that we had four Asian players representing Yorkshire cricket club,” said Vaughan.
Once you have played for Yorkshire you are always a Yorkshire player: Vaughan
Moving ahead in the talk, Vaughan apologized for whatever had happened in the previous days and stated that the claims had upset him. The 47-year-old added that these disclosures upset him more since, as England captain, he had the reputation of helping everyone else in the dressing room feel included and shaped up well with everyone.
“That hurts because I’ve always felt that every single team that I have been involved in, the biggest praise I ever got as England captain for six years was that I was the kind of person that really galvanized the group, got the team working together as one. I wanted everyone in the dressing room to feel included,” he added.
“I’m sorry for the hurt that he has gone through. Yorkshire Cricket Club, I believe is me, it has been my life whether I have been a player or not, I believe that once you have played for Yorkshire you are always a Yorkshire player and I am sorry for all the hurt that he has gone through,” Vaughan concluded.