ECB has prohibited its players from speaking to the media amid Yorkshire racism fallout & Australia’s sexist scandal, according to the reports.
During a recent DCMS hearing, Azeem Rafiq former Yorkshire cricketer gave some evidence of his racist experiences at the club. While Azeem Rafiq hasn’t represented England, the saga has links to the national team players. England captain Joe Root who is in Australia gearing for the Ashes 2021-2022 series has also come into the mix. Hence it could affect their preparations.
During their DCMS hearing, Rafiq claimed that former England batsman Gary Ballance used the slur ‘Kevin’ to describe black people. In contrast, the off-spinner accused Alex Hales of naming his dog Kevin because it was black.
Meanwhile, Rafiq has made it clear that Joe Root has never indulged in using such racist slurs, but Root’s admission of not recalling any such incident hurt Rafiq. The ex-Yorkshire player has revealed that Root was Ballance’s roommate and was part of conversations where Rafiq faced racial discrimination.
Some big names of the cricket fraternity such as Tim Bresnan, Michael Vaughan, David Lloyd, and Matthew Hoggard are involved in the scandal.
Australia will have a new captain ahead of the Ashes 2021-2022
Australia’s Test Captain Tim Paine stepped down from his role as Cricket Australia unveiled some scandalous texts from Tim Paine to a former colleague in 2017. After this incident, Tim Paine announced his resignation in an emotional press conference. However, he intends to play in the Ashes 2021-2022.
According to reports, Cricket Australia will hand over the captaincy to pace bowler Pat Cummins who has won several votes for the captaincy post from former cricketers in the past few months. However, CA is considering Steve Smith for teh leadership role. If Cummins will be handed the captainship role of the test side then it will be the first time since 1956 that Australia will have a frontline bowler in the role.