Former England captain Michael Vaughan is among several high-profile people charged by the ECB after the governing body’s investigation into alleged racism at Yorkshire.
Although they are not criminal charges, a group including Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan, Gary Ballance and former head coach Andrew Gale, plus the club itself, will be subject to disciplinary hearings this autumn.
That will ensure Yorkshire’s racism saga, brought to light by former player Azeem Rafiq’s whistleblowing in August 2020, will extend beyond two years.
The latest twist comes seven months after Rafiq’s testimony at a parliamentary select committee as it was finally confirmed - after the ECB’s own probe into racism and other allegations of misconduct at Headingley - that a Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) panel will conduct a hearing in September or October.
The ECB have not named the individuals but it is understood that Vaughan, England’s 2005 Ashes-winning captain and now a BBC TV and radio pundit, is one among them. Vaughan, 47, denied telling Rafiq and other Muslim players in 2009: ‘Too many of you lot, we need to do something about it.’