Michael Vaughan steps back from BBC: Nearly two weeks after being accused in the Yorkshire racism crisis, Michael Vaughan has decided to “step back from work with the BBC” and will not be a member of the Test Match Special commentary team for the postponed fifth Test against India next week.
After being linked to Azeem Rafiq’s evidence regarding Yorkshire’s systemic racism and being dismissed from the Ashes coverage last winter, Vaughan was reinstated for the most recent three-Test series against New Zealand.
However, that decision has alarmed the BBC Sport Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic group, which last week sent an internal email criticizing the “totally inexcusable” option to re-employ Vaughan. Rafiq claims that in 2009, Vaughan told a group of Asian players that there were “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it.”
The ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission accused seven Yorkshire players, including Vaughan, of bringing the sport into disgrace as a result of this alleged statement. Following an inquiry into the allegations, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and other people were charged with the allegation.
Vaughan stated that “concern for the wellbeing” of his family was the primary factor in his decision to resign.
“On numerous occasions, I have put on record my views on the issues concerning YCCC. It is always regrettable when commentary on matters off the field takes the focus away from what’s happening on the field” Posted on Twitter by Vaughan.
He added, “In view of the ongoing dialogue on the subject, I have taken the decision to step back from my work with the BBC for the time being.
“Stepping back temporarily is also in the interests of the game and I hope that it will minimize any difficulties for my work colleagues.”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 28, 2022
The matter is of grave concern and the decision to inquire is much appreciated. It has been a common sight when Asian players are put in tough situations due to certain comments. It will be better if the matter gets solved at the earliest.