Yorkshire announce entire coaching staff to leave amid Azeem Rafiq racism scandal

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have confirmed that head coach Andrew Gale and Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon have left the club, along with every member of the coaching team.

The decision comes in the wake of a racism scandal that has disgraced the 33-time County Championship winners, after former player Azeem Rafiq accused the club of being ‘institutionally racist’.

Rafiq alleged that during his two spells with Yorkshire he received constant abuse and discrimination due to his race, after recently providing evidence of his treatment to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee in Westminster.

Following the scandal the club’s now former chairman Roger Hutton and ex-chief executive Mark Arthur both left the club, and now the county’s coaching staff have followed.

In an official statement the club said: “We can confirm that Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket, and Andrew Gale, First XI Coach, have left the Club today (3 December), in addition to all members of the coaching team.”

“A new Director of Cricket will be appointed imminently, alongside a new coaching team which is being recruited.

“The backroom medical team, external services provided by Pavilion Physiotherapy Clinic, has also left the Club. An interim medical team is also in the process of being appointed.”

The statement also included comments from Yorkshire’s new club chairman Lord Kamlesh Patel, who revealed ‘significant change’ is needed at the club following the race row.

He said: “Significant change is required at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we are committed to taking whatever action is necessary to regain trust. 

“The decisions announced today were difficult to make, but are in the best interests of the Club. Without making important changes to how we are run, we cannot move on from the past to become a culture which is progressive and inclusive.”

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