Michael Vaughan retracts BBC duties in light of ‘ongoing dialogue’ | Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan has made the decision to “step back from working with the BBC” in light of the “ongoing dialogue” about the former England cricket captain’s broadcasting role with the Test Series special match test against New Zealand.

Vaughan was excluded from covering The Ashes last November after several players accused him of making a racist comment before a game in Yorkshire in 2009. He has repeatedly denied doing so.

It emerged last week that the England and Wales Cricket Council’s Disciplinary Committee had accused Vaughan of misrepresenting the game, in connection with accusations first broadcast by a great buddy, who the former England captain allegedly told a group of Muslim players in 2009 there. They were “a lot of you too much, we need to do something about it”.

The charge caused a group of black, Asian and minority ethnic groups at BBC Sport to send an email to staff at the company criticizing the “absolutely inevitable” decision to hire the 47-year-old. The BBC later admitted that the staff had “raised concerns”.

“On numerous occasions, I have recorded my views on issues related to the YCCC,” Vaughan said in a statement Tuesday night. “It’s always unfortunate when you comment on things turning off The field takes the focus away from what’s going on on me field. In light of the ongoing dialogue on this topic, I have made the decision to step back from my work with the BBC for the time being.

“The main motive for this is my concern for the well-being of my family members and my desire to protect their family life. Retreating temporarily is also in the interest of the game and I hope it will reduce any difficulties for my co-workers.”

Following Vaughan’s announcement, the BBC said in a statement: “After conversations with Michael Vaughan, we have accepted his decision to step away from our coverage of cricket. This is a decision we respect and understand. Michael remains under contract with the BBC.”

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