Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has mentioned he categorically denies claims of racism made by former teammate Azeem Rafiq.
Rafiq claimed Vaughan had mentioned to a bunch of the staff’s Asian gamers that there have been “too a lot of you lot, we have to do one thing about it” earlier than a match.
In assertion, Vaughan mentioned: “I categorically deny saying the phrases attributed to me by Azeem Rafiq and need to re-state this publicly as a result of the ‘you lot’ remark merely by no means occurred.”
He mentioned anybody who had seen TV footage of Yorkshire’s pre-match huddle on the 2009 sport “and the interplay between the gamers, would discover it exhausting to reconcile these scenes with the model of occasions that has been offered”.
The restatement of his denial comes as one other participant, Adil Rashid, backed Rafiq’s claims.
Mr Rashid, who nonetheless performs for Yorkshire, instructed The Cricketer: “I needed to pay attention as a lot as potential on my cricket and to keep away from distractions to the detriment of the staff however I can affirm Azeem Rafiq’s recollection of Michael Vaughan’s feedback to a bunch of us Asian gamers.”
Vaughan mentioned in his assertion that it was “extraordinarily upsetting that this fully false accusation has been made towards me by a former teammate, apparently supported by two different gamers”.