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Azeem Rafiq: Yorkshire is undergoing an independent governance review

Emotional Rafiq tells MPs about racism in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is undergoing an independent club governance review on allegations by Azeem Rafiq.

Yorkshire’s handling of an investigation into Rafiq’s allegations has been heavily criticized.

CEO Mark Arthur and Chairman Roger Hutton have resigned, the latter being replaced by Lord Patel.

The review is conducted by the Good Governance Institute and the Howard Kennedy law firm and released on January 24th.

A statement from the club said the review would include “obtaining written filings and conducting a series of interviews with individuals from the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the wider cricket and sports community”.

Lord Patel said, “The independent corporate governance review will help us sh -e our progress as a club according to the recent challenges we have faced. It is clear that many of our leadership and the way we operate as a club have failed.

“We need to look closely at our processes and procedures, and I firmly believe that we are going beyond the gold standard, both on p -er and in practice.

“Only by taking bold steps to understand and address the fundamental building blocks of the way we work can we build a solid platform to transform our culture and create a welcoming and inclusive club for everyone in Yorkshire.”

In response to the way Yorkshire handled Rafiq’s demands, the ECB has suspended her from hosting England games at her Headingley home.

Rafiq then described English cricket as “institutionally racist,” as evidence he presented to members of a special committee on digital, culture, media and sport.

Two other former Yorkshire players and three former Essex players have also alleged incidents of racism.

The ECB has published a five-point plan designed to combat racism and discrimination, including a “full cloakroom culture review”.

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