Yorkshire Cricket Club has accepted the sanctions imposed by the Cricket Discipline Commission, resulting in a £400,000 fine, with £300,000 of the penalty suspended for two years. The club had previously admitted to four amended charges.
The former Yorkshire player, Rafiq, had previously accused English cricket of institutional racism, stating that racist language was frequently used at the club.
As a consequence of the immediate points deduction in the County Championship, Yorkshire’s chances of securing the second promotion place have been effectively dashed, as they plummet from sixth to the bottom of Division Two, trailing second-placed Sussex by 63 points.
In the recently concluded T20 Blast, Yorkshire has fallen to eighth out of nine in the North Group standings.
Yorkshire acknowledged the efforts made to address cultural issues within the club that allowed racist and discriminatory behavior to go unchallenged.
The club expressed disappointment in the points deductions, highlighting that the players and staff, who were not responsible for the situation, have worked diligently on and off the field to create an inclusive and welcoming club.
The ECB had previously fined and banned six former Yorkshire players for their use of racist language, while former England captain Michael Vaughan was cleared of similar allegations.
Richard Gould, CEO of the ECB, emphasized that there is no place for racism in cricket and commended Rafiq for his courage in speaking out.
The CDC panel, in explaining their decision, emphasized the seriousness of the misconduct and stressed that such behavior will not be tolerated.
Yorkshire’s CEO, Stephen Vaughan, had previously highlighted the club’s financial challenges.
However, the club remains committed to implementing best practices and processes and aims to secure its sustainability while building a brighter future for all associated with Yorkshire Cricket.
Yorkshire coach Ottis Gibson acknowledged the points deduction and stated that the team would focus on winning their remaining Championship games.