Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Michael Vaughan has been accused by Azeem Rafiq of involving in Racism acts while playing for Yorkshire together, and this is a serious allegation against the former England captain. Azeem Rafiq had earlier stated that he was one of the victims of Racism in his stint with Yorkshire and recently had accused Gary Ballance of one among the names who had done it.

Gary Ballance had admitted his mistake, and ECB had suspended him from being selected for England. However, Azeem Rafiq went on to state that even the likes of Michael Vaughan had also induced racism abuse in the Yorkshire camp. Michael Vaughan was gutted with him being accused, and here is what he quoted to Daily Telegraph.

Azeem Rafiq
Azeem Rafiq (Image Credit: Twitter)

This Hit Me Very Hard – Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan mentioned that the statements of him abusing racial comments had certainly got into his mind, and he explained the importance of the issue. He added that he has been in the game for nearly three decades and hasn’t been accused of racial comments even once. He also noted there is nothing to hide with the comments and was stubborn that he did not use those words.

“Too many of you lot, we need to do something about it,”

“This hit me very hard. It was like being struck over the head with a brick. I have been involved in cricket for 30 years and never once been accused of any remotely similar incident or disciplinary offense as a player or commentator,”

“I have nothing to hide. The “you lot” comment never happened. Anyone trying to recollect words said ten years ago will be fallible but I am adamant those words were not used,” Michael Vaughan as quoted by Daily Telegraph.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

I Take It As The Most Serious Allegation – Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan reckoned that there is nothing to do with Rafiq’s statements but stated that he is hugely hurt to have been accused of such behaviour. He added that he is ready to fight it out until he proves he isn’t that sort of a person.

“If Rafiq believes something was said at the time to upset him then that is what he believes. It is difficult to comment on that except to say it hurts me hugely to think I potentially affected someone,”

“I take it as the most serious allegation ever put in front of me and I will fight to the end to prove I am not that person,” he added.

Michael Vaughan, ODI Cricket
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Getty)

Michael Vaughan has represented England in 82 tests, 86 ODIs and 2 T20Is, and he is one of the popular Ashes-winning captains.

Also read – Gary Ballance Suspended Indefenitely By ECB Following His Involvement Into Racism Acts, Board Looks To Investigate