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Yorkshire racism row: Entire coaching staff quit club after scandal shows no sign of abating

London: Yorkshire’s entire coaching staff, including its director of cricket Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale, have left the English county side as the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal shows no sign of abating.

Moxon had been on leave due to a stress-related illness while Gale had been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing since 9 November on ‘historical tweets’ made 11 years ago.

“We can confirm that Martyn Moxon, director of cricket, and Andrew Gale, first XI coach, have left the club today in addition to all members of the coaching team,” a Yorkshire statement said on Friday.

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq testifying in front of a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in London on 16 November as MPs probe racial harassment at the club. AFP File

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit shows former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq testifying in front of a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in London on 16 November as MPs probe racial harassment at the club. AFP File

“A new director of cricket will be appointed imminently, alongside a new coaching team which is being recruited.”

The club said the total number of departures was 16, including six members of the backroom medical team provided by Pavilion Physiotherapy Clinic.

Rafiq, who has accused the club of “institutional racism”, testified through tears in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee hearing on 16 November.

“Significant change is required at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we are committed to taking whatever action is necessary to regain trust,” said new chairman Kamlesh Patel.

“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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