Ashes: Michael Vaughan banned from BT Sport and BBC Radio coverage of Australia vs England

Michael Vaughan will be banned from English coverage of the Ashes this winter due to accusations of racism against him by Azeem Rafiq.

BT Sport will not be commenting on the former England captain when the series kicks off in Brisbane next month.

The 2005 Ashes-winning captain was dropped from BBC radio on Wednesday for ‘editorial reasons’.

Michael Vaughan looked sullen when spotted in Alderley Edge, Cheshire on Wednesday. BT Sport have decided to remove his comments from their coverage of the upcoming Ashes series, while BBC Radio has withheld Vaughan from their commentary

sports post has been informed that he will also be blocked from appearing on BT Sport, which has exclusive UK TV rights to the five-match series.

BT Sport’s position is complicated by the fact that they are not sending a commentary team to Australia.

They plan to use an audio feed from Australian rights holders Fox Sports, who have a long-term contract with Vaughan that they intend to honor.

It is clear that BT Sport executives have told Fox that they do not want to take a feed with Vaughan and will make alternative arrangements for their comments if necessary.

Azeem Rafiq alleged Vaughan made racist comments towards Asian players at Yorkshire CCC, former England captain alleges

Azeem Rafiq alleged Vaughan made racist comments towards Asian players at Yorkshire CCC, former England captain alleges

Fox has indicated they intend to assist Vaughan but may face pressure to change their position now that he has been impeached by the BBC.

If not, BT Sport will change their own plans, which could see them trying to put together a team to provide commentary remotely from a studio in London or take a feed from Channel 7, the other Australian rights holders. Their team consists of Sir Ian Botham, Ricky Ponting, Damien Fleming and Simon Katich.

Vaughan has appeared on BT Sport on a freelance basis but has no contract with the broadcaster, unlike Fox.

Their commentary team – which BT planned to use – also includes Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh.

Vaughan, 47, categorically denies making racist comments towards Rafiq, but the BBC has chosen not to use him on Test Match Special or Radio 5 Live this winter.

Vaughan took to Instagram after the announcement to say he was

Vaughan took to Instagram after the announcement to say he was “very disappointed” to have been taken off BBC coverage and said he was looking forward to working with Fox Sports

“While he is involved in an important story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to play a role on our Ashes team or any wider coverage of the sport at this time,” the said. BBC in a press release. a statement.

‘We ask our employees to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story is a conflict of interest.’

Vaughan made a defiant statement yesterday insisting that he is looking forward to traveling to Australia to work for Fox.

“Very disappointed not to be commenting for TMS on the Ashes and I will miss working with great colleagues and friends but looking forward to being behind the mic for @foxcricket in Australia,” he posted on Instagram .

“The problems cricket faces are bigger than any individual case and I want to be part of the solution, listening, educating myself and helping to make it a more welcoming sport for everyone.”

England captain Joe Root pictured during training for the Ashes in Australia.  The first test will start in Brisbane on December 8

England captain Joe Root pictured during training for the Ashes in Australia. The first test will start in Brisbane on December 8

Rafiq has claimed that Vaughan said ‘too much of you, we need to do something about it’ to him and three other players before a Twenty20 Blast match for Yorkshire in 2009.

The former off-spinner’s account was supported by former Pakistani bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and England leg spinner Adil Rashid, although the fourth player in the group, Ajmal Shahzad, has said he cannot remember the incident. .

A BT Sport spokesperson said: ‘The recent report presented to the UK Parliament exposing institutional racism within cricket and in particular the Yorkshire County Cricket Club is extremely disappointing and a matter of concern to all.

“Given these recent events, we are reviewing and discussing our commentary plans with Cricket Australia.”

Meanwhile, the ECB plans to introduce mandatory diversity training for cricketers at all levels as part of a five-point plan to tackle racism.

The £25m five-year plan includes whistleblowers, locker room culture, diversity of talent journeys, stadium environments and boardroom governance.

Tim Paine, who has since been forced to resign as Australia captain, with the trophy in 2019 after they retained the Ashes in a draw in England

Tim Paine, who has since been forced to resign as Australia captain, with the trophy in 2019 after they retained the Ashes in a draw in England

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