YORKSHIRE CCC has pledged to cooperate fully after being charged by English cricket's governing body in relation to allegations of racism at the county.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday that Yorkshire and 'a number of individuals' would face disciplinary proceedings following an investigation into claims made by Azeem Rafiq.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem RafiqFormer Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq

Former Yorkshire player Rafiq made a series of allegations about how he was treated during two spells at the club from 2008-14 and 2016-18.

The ECB has not named the individuals charged. Hearings in front of an independent panel of the ECB's cricket discipline commission (CDC) are expected to take place in September or October.

A statement from Yorkshire read: "The Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) has just received the long-expected notification of the charges and evidence resulting from the Cricket Disciplinary Commission's (CDC) investigation into past failings at YCCC and is reviewing it.

"For clarity, YCCC notes that the allegations relate to charges as far back as 2004 up until 2021 and the club will need the cooperation of those in position during this time in order to fully consider and respond to the matters raised.

"Unless and until that cooperation by those with first-hand knowledge and responsibility during the relevant period is forthcoming, the club is not able to comment on the investigation, evidence, report or charges but will, of course, continue to fully cooperate with the CDC throughout this process."


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