Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that he is disappointed to not be part of BBC’s Test match special show for the Ashes.

Former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq alleged that Vaughan had used racial slurs against him in 2009. However, Vaughan has clearly denied those allegations in his column for The Telegraph.

Adil Rashid and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has backed Rafiq’s claims and said that they had heard Vaughan using racial slurs.

Wouldn’t be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team: BBC

On Wednesday, BBC issued a statement that Vaughan won’t have any role for the upcoming Ashes in Down Under, citing editorial reasons. 

“While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment,” the BBC said in a statement.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. Image Credits: Twitter

We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest,” the statement further added. 

Will miss working with great colleagues and friends: Michael Vaughan

Reacting to the decision of BBC, Vaughan said he will miss working for BBC but is looking forward to work with Fox Cricket, who is the official broadcaster for the Ashes in Australia.

England, Michael Vaughan, Jofra Archer
Michael Vaughan [Image-Ggetty]

Very disappointed not to be commentating for TMS (BBC Test Match Special) on the Ashes and will miss working with great colleagues and friends, but looking forward to being behind the mic for Fox Cricket in Australia,’ Vaughan wrote on his Instagram handle.

Earlier this month, the BBC dropped Tuffers and Vaughan, the radio show Vaughan co-hosts with another former English cricketer Phil Tufnell.

Vaughan could still be heard in England as he has contracted with Fox Network, official broadcasters for the event, and BT Sport will use the same commentary in the UK.

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