Yorkshire sack entire coaching team following Azeem Rafiq racism scandal

Yorkshire have sacked their entire coaching team in the wake of racism scandal that has rocked cricket (Picture: Getty)

Yorkshire have sacked their entire coaching team in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

A statement released by Yorkshire CCC on Friday morning read: ‘We can confirm that Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket, and Andrew Gale, First XI Coach, have left the Club today, in addition to all members of the coaching team.

‘A new Director of Cricket will be appointed imminently, alongside a new coaching team which is being recruited.

Azeem Rafiq’s allegations have had severe ramifications for Yorkshire CCC

‘The backroom medical team, external services provided by Pavilion Physiotherapy Clinic, has also left the Club. An interim medical team is also in the process of being appointed.

‘We thank everyone who is leaving for their service. Further announcements will be made in due course.’

Yorkshire have faced huge criticism over its handling of Rafiq’s allegations that he suffered racist abuse during his two spells at the county which led to several sponsors, including Yorkshire Tea, Tetley’s and David Lloyd Clubs ending their relationships with the club.

Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon has become another high-profile departure from Yorkshire (Picture: Getty)

Yorkshire has also been suspended from hosting England matches following the racism allegations made by Rafiq, while former England batsman Gary Ballance, who admitted to using racial slurs against Rafiq, has also been suspended ‘indefinitely’ from international selection.

Reacting to the departures Lord Patel OBE, the chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: ‘Significant change is required at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we are committed to taking whatever action is necessary to regain trust.

‘The decisions announced today were difficult to make, but are in the best interests of the Club.

‘Without making important changes to how we are run, we cannot move on from the past to become a culture which is progressive and inclusive.

‘We want to make Yorkshire County Cricket Club a place for everyone, from all backgrounds. To do this, we need to rebuild our culture and instil positive values in everyone associated with Yorkshire. We are determined to learn from the mistakes of the past to become a Club which people can trust.

The club expects to confirm a new Director of Cricket in the coming days, with Lord Patel adding that he is ‘confident that this heralds a step forward towards a brighter future.’

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