Michael Vaughan: BT Sport will not use the former England captain for Ashes coverage


Former England captain Michael Vaughan talks to Dan Walker of the BBC Breakfast

BT Sport says it will not use Fox Sports’ comments with Michael Vaughan during the ashes in Australia, as “it would not be editorially appropriate”.

The former captain of England will not be part of it of BBC series coverage, but the organization says it “hopes to work” with him in the future.

Vaughan was named in the Yorkshire report by former teammate Azeem Rafiq, who allegedly made an insensitive comment to a group of Asian players.

He has repeatedly denied the claim.

Vaughan said he had to postpone his trip to Australia until next week “due to a positive Covid test, which is frustrating”.

BT Sport owns the UK television rights to the series, which is scheduled to begin on December 8 in Brisbane, and was reviewing plans to use Fox Sports.

“As a result of Covid and travel restrictions, BT Sport had made the decision to take our comment channel from the Australian station,” a BT Sport statement said.

BT Sport said the recent report on the Yorkshire racism scandal was “extremely disappointing” and a “concern for all”.

He added: “Given these recent events and the controversy over the situation, we have made the decision that including Michael Vaughan in our Ashes coverage would not be editorially appropriate or fit BT Sport’s values.

“We are still finalizing plans, but we are evaluating the option of taking a hybrid approach, using Fox feedback whenever possible with the goal of putting our own feedback team on if necessary.”

Meanwhile, the BBC says Vaughan is “still under contract” with the organization.

“We are in regular contact with Michael and have had positive conversations with him in recent days,” a BBC statement said.

Vaughan was England’s captain in the tests between 2003 and 2008. He played his entire national career in Yorkshire – between 1993 and 2009 – before becoming a summary of the BBC Test Match special. in 2009.

In a recent extensive interview with the BBC on Saturday, continued to deny the claim and stressed that he never made racist comments while in Yorkshire, although he admitted to regretting some tweets he had sent in 2010 and 2017.

He also said he “regretted all the harm” Rafiq had suffered during the Yorkshire racism scandal.

Rafiq alleged that Vaughan said “many of you, we need to do something about it” to him and three other Asian players during a 2009 Yorkshire County Championship match.

Rafiq’s account was backed by former Pakistani bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and England spinner Adil Rashid, both of whom said they had heard the comment.

The fourth player in the group, bowler Ajmal Shahzad, previously he told the Daily Mailexternal link he didn’t remember the event and “the senior guys were very good to me.”

“Our collaborators need to talk about relevant topics, so Michael’s involvement in a story of this importance means that it’s not possible for him to be part of our Ashes coverage or wider cricket coverage right now. “The BBC said.

“We are pleased with the way our talks are going and look forward to working with Michael again in the future. He continues to have a contract with the BBC.”


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