Michael Vaughan removed from BBC Ashes coverage due to racial remark controversy

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Highlights

  • BBC slams Michael Vaughan for racist remarks
  • Michael Vaughan removed from Ashes coverage by BBC
  • There is a ruckus in England cricket over Azim Rafiq’s statement

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has expressed his dismay at the BBC’s Ashes coverage being dropped a few years ago for allegedly racist remarks on an Asian-origin player. Expressing his dismay, Vaughan said he wanted to ‘be part of the solution’ and help make cricket “a more welcoming sport for all”. His remarks came after the BCCI confirmed on Wednesday that Ashes-winning England captain Vaughan would not be a part of the Test match in the squad for the upcoming series in Australia.

The BBC’s decision comes after Vaughan was named in a ‘Yorkshire’ report on claims of racism. Rafiq has claimed that Vaughan told a group of players of Asian descent that the club has too many players and now he needs to do something for ‘you lot’.

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Vaughan had reacted to the BBC’s decision on Wednesday evening via social media, denying all the allegations against him.

Vaughan said on social media, “Very disappointed not to comment for TMS (BBC Test Match Special) on The Ashes and will miss working with great colleagues and friends, but stay behind the mic for Fox Cricket in Australia.” I’m hoping for.”

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He wrote on Twitter, “The issues facing cricket are bigger than a personal matter and I want to be part of the solution. Like listening, educating myself and helping make it a welcoming sport for all.”

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid and former Pakistan bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan said they heard the remarks, while fourth player in the group, Ajmal Shahzad, said he did not remember anything about the alleged incident.

Vaughan wrote in his column that he “completely and categorically refuses” to comment and insists he is not a racist. He wrote that, “I categorically refuse to say the words Azim Rafiq uttered for me.

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