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Michael Vaughan disappointed after BBC drops him from Ashes coverage crew

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has been removed off the BBC coverage panel for the forthcoming Ashes series between Australia and England, the BBC confirmed on Friday. In 2009, he became a member of the BBC’s Test Match Special radio crew. The first of five Tests between England and Australia will take place on December 8 in Brisbane.

BBC’s decision comes following Azeem Rafiq’s allegations. The former England captain was accused by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq of making racist comments, following which, he was named in the Yorkshire’s report. However, as per BBC he “completely and categorically denies” the claims.

“While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment,” the BBC said in a statement.

“We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest.”

Vaughan expressed his disappointment on BBC’s decision and said he is “very disappointed not to be commentating for TMS on the Ashes and will miss working with great colleagues and friends”.

Vaughan said that he is “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,” Vaughan said on Instagram.

After the allegations on Vuaghan with regard to the Yorkshire Racism Row came to light, the former English player was stood down from BBC’s Radio 5 Live show.

Michael Vaughan responded to it by denying the allegations completely

“I completely and categorically deny that I ever said those words. I have nothing to hide. The ‘you lot’ comment never happened,” Vaughan wrote in his defence in a column in the Telegraph.

The dissection of the allegations has taken a toll on the Yorkshire County Club as the England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday, banned the county club from hosting international matches for their careless handling of the case.

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