Following his involvement in the Azeem Rafiq racial incident involving a former Yorkshire player, Michael Vaughan said on Tuesday that he had temporarily left his commentary job with the BBC. Vaughan is a former England captain.
Before a match in 2009, Rafiq, a player of Pakistani heritage, said that Vaughan informed him and two other Asian-American players that there were “too many of you bunch, we need to do something about it.” Vaughan has categorically refuted the charge.
Following an inquiry into the allegations, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and other people were charged.
Michael Vaughan Steps Back From Work With BBC
Vaughan stated that “concern for the wellbeing” of his family was the primary factor in his decision to resign.
“On numerous occasions, I have put on record my views on the issues concerning YCCC. It is always regrettable when commentary on matters off the field take the focus away from what’s happening on the field,” Vaughan said on Twitter.
“In view of the ongoing dialogue on the subject, I have taken the decision to step back from my work with the BBC for the time being. Stepping back temporarily is also in the interests of the game and I hope that it will minimise any difficulties for my work colleagues.”
Prior to the England Test series against New Zealand, Vaughan had been removed from the BBC’s commentary team for the Ashes series in Australia last year.
BBC Appreciates Michael Vaughan’s Decision
In a letter, the BBC Sport Black, Asian, and minority ethnic group referred to the choice as “completely unforgivable” and a “terrible error.”
The BBC stated that they appreciate Vaughan’s choice in a statement.
“Following conversations with Michael Vaughan we have accepted his decision to step away from our cricket coverage. This is a decision we respect and understand. Michael remains under contract to the BBC,” a statement from BBC read.