London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has definitely denied using racist remarks while playing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club. However, he did admit that he would "accept some responsibility" because he "played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club for 18 years."
After his name surfaced in the racism incident involving former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq, Vaughan was withdrawn from the BBC's coverage panel for the Ashes series, which begins on December 8. Rafiq, who played for Yorkshire from 2008 to 2018, recently testified before a parliamentary committee on the 'institutionally racist' English cricket culture during his nearly decade-long tenure with the club.
The off-spinner, who came from Pakistan to the UK in 2001 and took 72 wickets in 39 First-Class games, has claimed that England stars Alex Hales and Gary Balance would refer to cricketers of colour as 'Kevin,' and that the former had named his black dog 'Kevin'. Before a game in 2009, Rafiq said Vaughan remarked there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it." Vaughan, on the other hand, has disputed it.
"It bothers me terribly that a guy who has been through so much is being treated so cruelly at the club that I love," Vaughan said on BBC Breakfast with Dan Walker on Saturday.