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Roger Hutton criticises ECB for refusing to investigate OWN conduct in Azeem Rafiq racism affair

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton says it is ‘deeply disappointing’ that the ECB refused to investigate their OWN behavior in Azeem Rafiq’s racism affair, describing their investigation as ‘bad’ and calling for an independent regulator in cricket

  • The ECB’s Cricket Disciplinary Commission filed charges last week against seven former Yorkshire players and the club
  • It was for a variety of alleged offenses associated with a supposedly racist culture that remained unchallenged at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club for nearly two decades.
  • Roger Hutton resigned as chairman last November with an attack on the ECB
  • Hutton attacked the ECB for failing to assist Yorkshire’s investigation into Azeem Rafiq’s complaints of racist abuse at the club
  • Hutton has now spoken out by demanding a review of the cricket board

Former Yorkshire president Roger Hutton has criticized the ECB for refusing to investigate the organization’s own conduct in Azeem Rafiq’s racism affair and has called for the creation of an independent sports regulator, similar to with those in football.

The ECB’s Cricket Disciplinary Commission last week charged seven former Yorkshire and club players with a variety of alleged offenses linked to a supposedly racist culture that has gone unchallenged in Headingley for nearly two decades, but has made no attempt. to the actions of the governing body itself.

Hutton resigned as chairman last November in an attack on the ECB for failing to assist Yorkshire’s investigation into Rafiq’s complaints of racist abuse at the club, and has been further angered by the ECB’s subsequent investigation.

On the eve of tomorrow’s third Test at Headingley between England and New Zealand, Hutton has chosen to speak out by demanding a full overhaul of the cricket board.

“I was not surprised, but I was very disappointed that neither the ECB nor the CDC thought it appropriate to investigate the behavior of those at the ECB,” said Hutton. sports post

“You will remember that the ECB was aware of Azeem’s allegations before I did. They didn’t do anything about it.

Former Yorkshire president Roger Hutton (pictured) has criticized the ECB for refusing to investigate the organization's own behavior in Azeem Rafiq's racism affair.

Former Yorkshire president Roger Hutton (pictured) has criticized the ECB for refusing to investigate the organization’s own behavior in Azeem Rafiq’s racism affair.

Hutton resigned as chairman last November in an attack on the ECB for failing to assist with Yorkshire's investigation into Rafiq's (pictured) complaints of racist abuse at the club

Hutton resigned as chairman last November in an attack on the ECB for failing to assist with Yorkshire’s investigation into Rafiq’s (pictured) complaints of racist abuse at the club

“They didn’t offer to help Yorkshire with the investigation, despite the obvious difficulties it had in doing so, and when Yorkshire asked them for help, they refused. I think this should be questioned.

“I also believe that the ECB’s investigation itself has been poor and conducted by people who lack independence. I have raised these concerns with the ECB and they have rejected them.

“I am convinced that cricket would be better served by a fully independent regulatory arm. Not only would that ensure a fair and objective process, but everyone could rely on it.’

Hutton distanced himself from his predecessors as Yorkshire president, such as Colin Graves (pictured), who criticized the ECB for bringing disciplinary charges against the club

Hutton distanced himself from his predecessors as Yorkshire president, such as Colin Graves (pictured), who criticized the ECB for bringing disciplinary charges against the club

Hutton also distanced himself from his predecessors as Yorkshire president Colin Graves, Steve Denison and Robin Smith, all of whom criticized the ECB for bringing disciplinary charges against the club.

“I have always believed that Azeem is a victim and cricket needs to improve its approach to diversity and inclusion,” said Hutton. “For my part, I apologized for the racism he suffered and for the mistakes YCCC made in handling the investigation.

“I found the culture at YCCC to be retrospective and resilient to challenges. That’s why I resigned. I fully support Lord Patel and believe his changes are positive.”

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