The 48-point penalty sends the membership to the underside of Division Two of English County Championship
YORKSHIRE County Cricket Membership had been slapped with an enormous 48-point deduction within the English County Championship on Friday (28) after admitting 4 costs associated to the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.
The impartial Cricket Self-discipline Fee (CDC) additionally fined the membership £400,000, out of which £300,000 is suspended for 2 years.
The factors penalty sends Yorkshire to the underside of Division Two of the County Championship.
Pakistan-born bowler Rafiq, 32, went public with allegations of racism and bullying in September 2020, associated to his two spells on the English county.
The Yorkshire board issued a press release accepting the sanctions.
“The CDC and ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) have as we speak acknowledged the huge quantity of labor accomplished by YCCC to beat the cultural points that existed inside the membership, which allowed racist and discriminatory behaviour to go unchallenged,” it mentioned.
“We’re accountable for these points, and we accepted 4 amended costs as a part of a continued dedication to make sure we’re in a position to transfer ahead.”
However the Yorkshire board added: “We’re dissatisfied to obtain the purpose deductions which impacts gamers and employees on the membership, who weren’t liable for the state of affairs.”
ECB chief government Richard Gould, who was not in submit throughout the Rafiq scandal, mentioned: “There could be no place for racism in our recreation, and the penalties introduced by the Cricket Self-discipline Fee mark the tip of an intensive disciplinary course of.
“Nobody ought to should expertise what Azeem Rafiq went via in cricket, and we as soon as once more thank him for his braveness in talking out.”
Six former Yorkshire gamers had been beforehand fined by the CDC after being discovered responsible of utilizing racist language.
Individually, a damning report by the Impartial Fee for Fairness in Cricket (ICEC) final month revealed “widespread” racism, sexism and classism in English cricket.
The ICEC was established in 2021 following the racism scandal surrounding the therapy of Rafiq.