‘Very disappointed not to be commentating’ – Michael Vaughan after being dropped from BBC’s commentary panel for Ashes
Vaughan was alleged of using racist remarks by Azeem Rafiq.
Updated - Nov 24, 2021 11:10 pm
Michael Vaughan was recently dropped by the BBC from the commentary panel of upcoming Ashes owing to their editorial reasons. He was alleged of using racist remarks on players back in 2009 during a Yorkshire’s game, by Azeem Rafiq. Rafiq’s statements were well supported by English spinner Adil Rashid too. However, Vaughan has come up with a public post talking about how he will miss commentating for Test Match Special.
It has to be noted that Vaughan was alleged of using racist remarks on Asian players during his stay in Yorkshire where he stated, ‘Too many of you lot, we need to do something about it.’ However, he later denied all those allegations and stated that he had never used any such words in his entire career and that these allegations have hurt him like a brick on the head.
The issues facing cricket are bigger than any individual case: Michael Vaughan
“Very disappointed not to be commentating for TMS on the Ashes and will miss working with great colleagues & friends, but looking forward to being behind the mic for @foxcricket in Australia. The issues facing cricket are bigger than any individual case and I want to be part of the solution, listening, educating myself, and helping to make it a more welcoming sport for all,” wrote Vaughan on his IG post.
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Vaughan would not be seen with the BBC commentary panel but will continue to be behind the mic for fox cricket. He will be heard in the UK during Ashes as he is in contract with the host contractor which is Australia’s Fox network and BT Sport will be using the same set of commentary.
“While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment. We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest,” said BBC in a statement earlier.