Michael Vaughan, the former captain of England, is ready to fight the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) again. This time, he wants to get back more than £500,000 he spent to clear his name after racism claims and lost income. Ten months after being charged for making racist comments about Azeem Rafiq and three other Yorkshire players, the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) found Vaughan not guilty on April 10, 2023.
After the accusations against him were dropped, the cricketer is said to have had preliminary talks with the board about getting his legal fees back. However, the governing body said that the problem must be settled by the Cricket Discipline Commission.
Mail Sport says that a meeting has been set up for June 27 in London, which is the same day that Yorkshire’s punishment will be decided. Yorkshire pleaded guilty to four counts of misconduct related to the issue. Notably, the player still has the option to sue the ECB for damages in the High Court, but he is instead trying to make peace with the organisation after being left out of the game in any way for almost a year.
The 48-year-old bowler lost a lot of money after the ECB accused him in June. In addition, BBC Sport took away his job as a commentator on Test Match Special and cancelled a number of business deals with him.
After admitting guilty to four ECB charges, Yorkshire County Cricket Club will lose points in the County Championship, T20 Blast, and One Day Cup. They will also have to pay a fine.
In March of this year, one of the charges was that Rafiq’s discrimination claim against the club was hurt by the club’s actions. But many people who worked at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club at the time have doubts about this guilty plea because they are sure that no records were erased.