Azeem Rafiq: Yorkshire Deserve England Games At Headingley, Says Former Player

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Former player Azeem Rafiq believes Yorkshire’s ban from hosting England games should be lifted since the club took a “step in the right direction” following the racism crisis.

In November, Headingley’s international status was revoked due to the club’s handling of Rafiq’s case. Yorkshire has been asked by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to achieve certain requirements by early spring.

“I want to see England playing at Headingley this summer,” said Rafiq. “At first in all this I believed international cricket should be taken away from them. “But they have done enough to warrant getting it back, for now at least.”

Yorkshire’s major-match status would be suspended unless it “clearly showed that it can satisfy the standards expected,” the ECB announced at the time of the match cancellation.

Former chairman Roger Hutton and CEO Mark Arthur have resigned, while 16 employees have been fired, including director of cricket Martyn Moxon and first-team coach Andrew Gale.

Lord Patel has been named chairman, and Darren Gough, a former Yorkshire and England speed bowler, has been named director of cricket.

BBC Sport

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