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Sacked staff claim Yorkshire coaching cull is ‘about money not morals’

Yorkshire are going through claims inside the membership that the choice to sack all the coaching staff over the Azeem Rafiq case was primarily based on “money rather than morals”. 

Amid more and more poisonous fallout, a number of folks recommend chairman Lord Patel triggered the mass cull in an try to appease the England and Wales Cricket Board. 

“If the club don’t get internationals back then the club goes bankrupt,” one among them advised Telegraph Sport, including he felt “shattered” by the furore. 

Sources near the ECB mentioned in response that “letting go staff” was by no means within the “clear list of deliverables” for Yorkshire to get their ban on internationals lifted. Patel, who was unavailable for remark, beforehand mentioned “significant change” was required as a part of “whatever action is necessary to regain trust”. 

However, different membership figures insist that getting England matches again was the overriding motive to filter out 14 members of staff with head coach Andrew Gale and director of cricket Martyn Moxon. There was nonetheless a sense of disbelief amongst sacked staff on Saturday. 

“I got an 8am email with barely any explanation,” mentioned one of many males now consulting attorneys forward of a possible employment tribunal. “I don’t know why I’ve been sacked.” Another supply near the membership mentioned: “This is money over morals. It’s gone beyond the realms of reality… I feel very sad about it.” 

As properly as a bitter authorized battle with the sacked members of staff, Patel is going through a revolt from his gamers, with some threatening to go away. The presiding feeling amongst rank and file on the membership is that an indiscriminate cull had taken place with the only real goal of getting the ban on staging England matches lifted. 

Moxon, signed off sick with stress, and Gale, suspended over a historic anti-Semitic Twitter submit, had seemed to be in untenable positions, after going through essentially the most extreme criticism in Rafiq’s damning testimony to MPs in regards to the racism he suffered whereas on the membership. 

Patel held a Zoom meeting with members of the squad shortly earlier than the departures have been introduced – however solely after Yorkshire’s England gamers, in Australia for the Ashes, had been advised the information by Ashley Giles. 

Gale launched a press release on Friday saying: “The players knew about it before I did and I will be fighting the decision legally.”

A wave of wrongful or unfair dismissal claims may heap additional reputational injury on a county whose former chairman, Roger Hutton, accepted they have been responsible of institutional racism following their dealing with of an investigation into Rafiq’s complaints about repeated abuse. 

Patel mentioned of a clear-out that started final month with the resignation of chief govt Mark Arthur: “Without making essential modifications to how we’re run, we can’t transfer on from the previous to change into a tradition which is progressive and inclusive. 

“We want to make Yorkshire County Cricket Club a place for everyone, from all backgrounds. To do this, we need to rebuild our culture and instill positive values in everyone associated with Yorkshire. We are determined to learn from the mistakes of the past to become a club people can trust.” 

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