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“We have to change and it will not happen overnight. We are on the first step of this ladder ”; Lord Patel says Yorkshire is making positive progress after Azeem Rafiq exposed the racism he suffered at the club

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Yorkshire CCC chairman Lord Patel admits it would be catastrophic if Test cricket did not return to Headingley.

Yorkshire CCC chairman Lord Patel admits it would be catastrophic if Test cricket did not return to Headingley.

Lord Patel warned it would be a “disaster” if the Yorkshire Cricket Club could no longer host international cricket after the racism scandal at Headingley.

Former player Azeem Rafiq laid bare the racism he had endured during his Yorkshire career, who has since appointed Lord Patel chairman to oversee a new era at the club.

Since then, 4,000 people have shared accounts of racism throughout the game with the Independent Commission for Fairness in Cricket.

The Yorkshire fallout saw several sponsors abandon the club, a series of sackings among coaching staff and the ECB removing the privilege of hosting international cricket until positive progress is made.

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James Cole of Sky Sports News said Yorkshire ‘makes a statement’, following the departures of cricket director Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale amid the racism scandal that has engulfed the club

James Cole of Sky Sports News said Yorkshire ‘makes a statement’, following the departures of cricket director Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale amid the racism scandal that has engulfed the club

“I think if international cricket doesn’t come back here this year we will have two major disasters,” Lord Patel told Sky News.

“One is that hundreds of thousands of fans, boys and girls, the people of Yorkshires, will suffer tremendously because we are missing something and secondly there would be a major financial crisis.

“A lot of the existing sponsors will hopefully come back to us in the coming weeks – a lot of new sponsors have come to talk to us, but a lot of that is based on the idea that we get the international games back.”

Former Yorkshire and England star Darren Gough returned to the club as the new cricket manager after stepping down from his role on Talksport radio.

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England captain Joe Root says new Yorkshire cricket manager Darren Gough can pass his experience on to the next generation of players

England captain Joe Root says new Yorkshire cricket manager Darren Gough can pass his experience on to the next generation of players

Although one of his interim coaches, Ryan Sidebottom, had to apologize this week for saying in an interview with Sky Sports that the club should ‘forget’ what happened with Rafiq, Lord Patel agreed. that this was a real mistake and thinks the culture has already started to change.

“We have to change and it will not happen overnight. We are on the first step of this ladder,” he said.

“It was the culture of the locker room and beyond.

“Only one or two of us came out like Azeem to do anything about it, and that’s what’s painful but it’s the opportunity.

“Now we can call him and talk about it.”

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New Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chairman Lord Kamlesh Patel apologized to Azeem Rafiq for the club’s handling of his racism case

New Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chairman Lord Kamlesh Patel apologized to Azeem Rafiq for the club’s handling of his racism case

The club also signed a partnership agreement with the Lahore Qalandars in Pakistan to share players, ideas and resources.

Yorkshire is planning a talent search inspired by how the Qalandars have scoured Pakistan in search of young cricketers.

Lord Patel said: “Like any franchise, they can buy a lot of players (but) what they chose to do is go to the most remote parts of Pakistan and organize a talent hunt. .

“I’ve seen the numbers for myself – half a million young men have been tried in two and a half years. We can go all over Yorkshire and give every young boy and girl a chance.

“I don’t want to stop there. I’m talking to other countries in the world where we can do it.”

Lord Patel added that he hoped the cricket authorities, and everyone in the game, were as serious as he was about the change.

He added: “I desperately hope that all the counties, the ECB and all the cricket fans can see that this is the right direction to go and if we tear ourselves apart we will not get there.

“The only thing we’re going to damage is cricket.”

Cindy Butts, Chairman of the Independent Equity Commission in Cricket (ICEC) said: “We had an overwhelming response to the first part of our call for evidence, with over 4,000 people (from various backgrounds) sharing their experiences with us.

“I would like to personally thank everyone who took the time to respond. Your contributions are invaluable to our work.”




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