Michael Vaughan set to commentate on Ashes despite Yorkshire racism allegation

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Michael Vaughan is set to commentate on this winter’s Ashes series, despite the racism allegations that have seen him stood down from his BBC radio show.

The former England captain is contracted to Australian host broadcaster Fox, whose pictures and commentary will be used by BT Sport after they secured the exclusive UK rights to the series.

Vaughan revealed last week that he had been named in a report into institutional racism at Yorkshire in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq scandal but “completely and categorically” denied the allegation that he told a group of Asian players during a 2009 match that: “There’s too many of you lot. We’re going to have to do something about that”.

The BBC subsequently made the “editorial decision” that the 47-year-old would not appear in his regular slot on the Tuffers and Vaughan Show alongside former England bowler Phil Tufnell on Monday.

“The show focuses on topical discussion around current cricketing matters and given his personal involvement, we need to ensure we maintain the impartiality of the programme,” it said in a statement.

Vaughan is also contracted to be part of the BBC’s Test Match Special coverage of the Ashes, but the broadcaster is yet to make any public comment on his involvement, with a hearing on the Yorkshire scandal set to take place in front of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee next Tuesday.

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