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Michael Vaughan denies making Azeem Rafiq ‘you lot’ remark, regrets offensive historic tweets

Historic tweets from Michael Vaughan took centre stage on the third day of the ECB’s racism hearings, as the previous England captain denied having made the assertion that kinds the core of the ECB’s cost of bringing the sport into disrepute.

As he has completed publicly earlier than, Vaughan emphatically denied ever having stated, “There’s too a lot of you lot, we have to have a phrase about that” to Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Ajmal Shahzad at a T20 sport in June 2009. The ECB’s cost stems from Rafiq’s recollection of the comment which was, on Thursday, supported by the testimony of Rashid.

Vaughan, showing on the Cricket Self-discipline Fee (CDC) listening to in London, stated of the day in query that he had “a really clear thoughts about again in 2009” and that he knew he didn’t say what had been alleged. He added that he would by no means have gone on to the sector and stated one thing to team-mates that would “put them in a nasty frame of mind” earlier than the sport.

“Understanding me in 2009, that is not the type of factor I might’ve stated.”

Vaughan was questioned by the ECB’s lead counsel Jane Mulcahy KC for almost 90 minutes, throughout which she argued that some historic tweets of his have been “remarkably related in tone” to the alleged remarks.

Vaughan stated the tweets have been unacceptable and that he had apologised for them earlier than and would proceed to take action. However he disagreed with the suggestion that they have been related in tone. Mulcahy identified that each Rafiq and Rashid claimed Vaughan seemingly made the alleged remark as a “dangerous joke” and stated the tweet was related in tone as a result of it was “lighthearted however offensive”.

Requested if he agreed, Vaughan stated: “No.”

Vaughan stated he was “disgusted” with the tweets. “I apologised for them. I put myself on a web based course, Inclusion. I needed to guide the sport in understanding find out how to lead in trendy instances. The tweets are disgusting, terrible, and different phrases you could possibly use. However a very powerful factor is I’ve stated sorry and I’m studying from them. As I say, if I get issues improper in my life, I stick my fingers up.”

He went again to his recollection of the day of the sport – which he has written about in his memoir – that he “couldn’t have been extra proud [of] 4 Asian gamers, three of whom had come by the system.”

Vaughan was additionally questioned about his assembly with Rafiq in November 2021 saying he felt the necessity for it as a result of “the entire state of affairs was escalating uncontrolled”. Vaughan stated he was apologetic within the assembly with Rafiq as a result of he was “disgusted” by what Rafiq needed to undergo at Yorkshire however didn’t settle for he made the alleged remark.

Vaughan: ‘Group-mates preventing it out horrible for sport’

Vaughan stated that the CDC listening to was a “horrible look” for cricket. “It isn’t been straightforward for anyone. This isn’t the proper course of to take care of word-against-word feedback from 14 years in the past. Ex-team-mates preventing it out over rumour is a horrible search for the sport and a extremely dangerous look on how cricket has handled this example.”

Earlier within the morning, scrutiny fell on the ECB’s scope within the investigation of the incident in addition to the rigour deployed, with Meena Botros, its director of authorized and integrity, dealing with a three-hour grilling from Christopher Stoner, Vaughan’s lawyer.

The road of questioning took in a latest interview with Lord Kamlesh Patel, the outgoing Yorkshire chair, in Jap Eye. In it the declare was made that the ECB had “urged” Lord Patel to “do away with folks” on the county when he took over. Speaking about his function, Patel stated: “I used to be requested by the ECB to satisfy a set of standards that most individuals would have winced at, would have thought there is no method we are able to ship this, and I delivered it.

“I used to be requested by the ECB to work with them to create a framework and an atmosphere the place we’d show to the world that we would like a non-racist establishment, and I did all that. I used to be requested by the ECB to make sure some individuals who have been there from the earlier regime didn’t participate in that governance course of, very clear about that.”

Stoner steered these feedback confirmed that the ECB was “actively concerned” within the Yorkshire investigation, in breach of the method as described in Botros’ witness assertion, that the ECB remained unbiased of motion being taken by one among its counties in such issues.

Botros stated he could not discuss what Lord Patel had stated however insisted that Stoner was “mistaking” the ECB’s regulatory operate in getting concerned, from its different roles in such circumstances. Stoner pointed to Botros’s witness assertion which learn: “In its capability as a regulator, the ECB should stay unbiased of motion being taken by one among its member first-class county golf equipment.”

“That is simply not what occurred, is it?” Stoner requested.

Botros replied: “It’s what occurred.”

Stoner then zeroed in on the day Vaughan is alleged to have made the comment, questioning whether or not the ECB may and will have gone additional in its investigations of occasions. He confirmed with Botros that the one gamers the ECB had spoken to concerning the incident have been Adil Rashid and Ajmal Shahzad.

Stoner requested why all Yorkshire gamers that day weren’t spoken to. Botros stated the ECB “did communicate to the people the place we have been in a position to” however that “sure people both did not wish to participate or have interaction”, or that the ECB “weren’t ready” to get contact particulars for others.

Stoner additionally requested Botros why the on-field umpires that day had not been contacted by the ECB for his or her model of occasions.

“There is no such thing as a suggestion that the umpires have been shut sufficient to listen to it,” Botros replied. Botros added that if it was such an vital level, Vaughan’s group may have taken it on themselves.

The listening to is scheduled to finish subsequent Tuesday.

Osman Samiuddin is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo



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