EXCLUSIVE: ECB prosecution of Michael Vaughan and 5 different former Yorkshire cricketers on racism prices to start TOMORROW… as issues are raised over many probably essential witnesses being unable to provide proof resulting from non-disclosure agreements
- A listening to of the ECB’s Cricket Disciplinary Committee can be held tomorrow
- Vaughan is amongst these charged with utilizing racist language in the direction of Azeem Rafiq
- Ex-England internationals Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance have additionally been charged
- Their authorized groups are anticipated to lift alleged flaws within the ECB’s investigation
The ECB’s prosecution of Michael Vaughan and 5 different former Yorkshire cricketers on racism prices will start tomorrow with a preliminary listening to of their Cricket Disciplinary Committee.
Ex-England internationals Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance have additionally been charged for allegedly utilizing racist language in the direction of Azeem Rafiq, as have former Yorkshire gamers Richard Pyrah and John Blain, though former captain Andrew Gale is refusing to adjust to a course of he has denounced as a witch-hunt.
The six different defendants together with Vaughan deny the fees and can mount a vigorous defence, with their authorized groups anticipated to start by stating alleged flaws within the ECB’s investigation.
The ECB’s prosecution of Michael Vaughan and 5 different former Yorkshire cricketers on racism prices will start tomorrow
He was charged by the ECB with the alleged use of racist language to Azeem Rafiq (pictured)
Sportsmail has realized that there are issues that many probably essential witnesses can be unable to provide proof as they’ve been required to signal non-disclosure agreements by Yorkshire, whereas different key people are at present overseas and due to this fact unable to testify in particular person.
The CDC can be chaired by former Derbyshire batsman Tim O’Gorman, who will invite the gamers’ and the ECB’s legal professionals to make their preliminary displays.
The total listening to shouldn’t be anticipated to happen till the top of the season, with the ECB in a position to subject heavy fines or bans from cricket to any particular person discovered responsible.
Azeem Rafiq (pictured) throughout a sworn statement to the Division for Digital, Tradition, Media & Sport Choose Committee following his allegations final 12 months
Rafiq pictured bowling for Yorkshire throughout a County Championship match in opposition to Surrey in September 2012
The costs come up from alleged breaches of ECB directive 3.3, which states that ‘no participant could conduct themselves in a fashion, do any act or make any omission at any time which is improper or which can be prejudicial to the pursuits of cricket or which can deliver the ECB, the sport of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.’
Vaughan has stated he ‘fully and categorically denies’ the allegation made by Rafiq, that earlier than a Yorkshire match in 2009 he stated to 4 non-white gamers: ‘There’s too a lot of you lot, we’re going to need to do one thing about that.’