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Yorkshire keep hold of England Test matches after members ratify reforms in wake of racism scandal

Yorkshire KEEP hold of England Test matches after members ratify Lord Kamlesh Patel because the membership’s new chair and sequence of reforms in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal

  • Lord Kamlesh Patel formally confirmed as the brand new chair of Yorkshire
  • Fears the county cricket membership may go bust if the reforms weren’t permitted
  • ECB threatened to maneuver Test and ODI matches if the vote went the opposite means

Yorkshire have retained their profitable England fixtures this summer time after members on Thursday evening voted in Lord Kamlesh Patel because the membership’s new chair.

The ECB threatened to maneuver June’s Test in opposition to New Zealand and a one-day worldwide versus South Africa the next month, plus an Ashes Test subsequent year, if Patel’s position and different governance modifications weren’t rubber-stamped by the tip of March.

Two rearrangements of the emergency basic meeting as a result of procedural challenges by opponents of Patel meant the passing of the three resolutions required was delivered inside hours of that deadline.

Yorkshire have retained their lucrative England fixtures this summer after Thursday's meeting

Yorkshire have retained their profitable England fixtures this summer time after Thursday’s meeting

English cricket’s governing physique stipulated the necessities in the aftermath of Azeem Rafiq’s whistle-blowing on racism on the membership.

After being ratified as chair, together with Paul Hudson as chief government, by an awesome majority of 932-155, with 22 abstentions, Patel stated: ‘We welcome the outcome of this EGM and thank the members for their full and proper consideration, an open exchange of views, and their votes.

‘It is an overwhelming vote for positive change. This support will help Yorkshire County Cricket Club to be an inclusive and welcoming place and gives us the clarity and certainty we need to keep building this great club.’

Revenue from main match days is essential to the membership’s speedy well being and there have been chapter fears had the vote gone the opposite means.

Lord Kamlesh Patel (above) has been formally confirmed as the new chair of Yorkshire

Lord Kamlesh Patel (above) has been formally confirmed as the brand new chair of Yorkshire 

The new regime additionally claimed just lately that sponsors who had stop in their droves following Rafiq’s harrowing testimony to the DCMS choose committee final November had been able to return if change was handed.

One compromise on the proposed reforms is a discount from eight non-executive administrators to 6, with two member representatives making up the distinction and guaranteeing the membership’s supporters retain a voice.

An ECB investigation into complaints of racism and bullying by former England Under-19 captain Rafiq continues.

The ECB acknowledged the importance of the motions handed however warned there was a lot work to do in ‘bringing about real change and setting the club on course for a more inclusive future,’ and that developments would proceed to be monitored intently.

There were fears Yorkshire could go bust if the reforms were not approved by members

There had been fears Yorkshire may go bust if the reforms weren’t permitted by members 

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