LONDON: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has charged Yorkshire County Cricket Club and a number of individuals on Wednesday following an investigation into racism and other allegations at the Club and its handling of those allegations.
The cricket board launched the charges against the County Club following the alleged breaching of the ECB Directive 3.3 – conduct which is improper or which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer into disrepute – and the ECB Anti-Discrimination Code.
Following this, an independent panel of the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) will hear the cases in due course and as per the normal practice of the ECB, the names of the individuals shall not be disclosed at this stage.
According to the ECB, the investigation has been thorough and complex, with the allegations covering a significant period of time and the decision will be taken on a case-by-case basis.
The CDC is likely to hold the hearing in September or October later this year. Whereas, the CDC disciplinary panel will publish its decisions and written reasons in full following the hearing.
It is pertinent to mention here that the ECB started the investigation after the former Yorkshire CCC player Azim Rafiq made racism allegations and claimed to have experienced “inhuman behaviour.”