Former England captain Michael Vaughan and six ex-Yorkshire players have been cleared of allegations of racism, but the investigation has been criticized by former England cricketer Nasser Hussain. Azeem Rafiq, a former bowler, had brought forth the claims. The Cricket Disciplinary Commission’s findings state that Vaughan had not made a racist comment, and that the evidence of Rafiq and teammate Adil Rashid was mistaken due to inconsistencies. However, five other ex-Yorkshire players had at least one charge of using racist and/or discriminatory language proven against them. Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Gary Ballance had previously admitted their charges. While Rafiq expressed relief at the verdict, Hussain described it as a “very sad and bad day [for English cricket],” and criticized the investigation’s process. The ECB stated that the five ex-Yorkshire cricketers had breached ECB Directive 3.3.
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