YORKSHIRE: The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has confirmed the receival of the charges raised by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over the racism scandal and requested cooperation from those in charge during the mentioned time period.
In an official statement, the Yorkshire CCC confirmed that the club has received the notification of the charges raised by the ECB over the alleged breaching of 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.
As per the statement, the Yorkshire CCC requested the cooperation of individuals, who were in charge from 2004 up until 2021 to gather the first-hand knowledge, while also claiming that the club will not be able to comment until the fulfilment of their request.
“For clarity, YCCC notes that the allegations relate to charges as far back as 2004 up until 2021 and the Club will need the cooperation of those in position during this time in order to fully consider and respond to the matters raised,” the statement read.
“Unless and until that cooperation by those with first-hand knowledge and responsibility during the relevant period is forthcoming, the Club is not able to comment on the investigation, evidence, report or charges but will, of course, continue to fully cooperate with the CDC throughout this process,” it concluded.
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’, whereas, 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.