Vaughan ‘to commentate on Ashes’ despite BBC suspension amid racism allegation

Michael Vaughan is still reportedly set to commentate on The Ashes despite his BBC suspension due to racism allegations.

The former England captain, 47, was stood down by the mega broadcasting corporation after allegedly using racist language towards Azeem Rafiq during their time at Yorkshire CCC.

Writing in his column for The Telegraph , he admitted he was named in the report into alleged racism at Yorkshire, which resulted in his removal from his weekly programme on BBC Radio 5, Tuffers and Vaughan.

But Vaughan has received the support of Fox Sports and will provide expert analysis for the TV channel, report the Daily Mail.

They will provide the audio to BT Sport, who signed a four-year deal with Cricket Australia to televise the Ashes in the UK.

It was alleged that he told Rafiq and three other Asian players that there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" – a claim Vaughan has vehemently denied.

He said: "I completely and categorically deny that I ever said those words. This hit me very hard. It was like being struck over the head with a brick.

“I have nothing to hide. The 'you lot' comment never happened. Anyone trying to recollect words said 10 years ago will be fallible but I am adamant those words were not used.”

Former Pakistan international Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who also played for Yorkshire, told ESPNCricinfo that he heard Vaughan make the comments in question.

BBC released a statement following their decision, which reads: “The BBC takes any allegations of racism extremely seriously.

"The allegation against Michael Vaughan pre-dates his time working for the BBC, we were not part of the investigation conducted by Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we have had no access to the subsequent report.

"However, we were made aware of a single allegation which Michael strongly denies and we have been monitoring the situation closely.

"We have made the editorial decision that Michael won't appear as a presenter on 5 live's Tuffers and Vaughan Show on Monday.

"The show focuses on discussion around current cricketing matters and given his personal involvement, we need to ensure we maintain the impartiality of the program. We remain in discussion with Michael and his team."

Between 1999 and 2008, Vaughan played 82 test matches and scored 5719 runs at an average of 41.

Vaughan is one of England’s most influential captains and made history when he led the side to their first Ashes series victory in 18 years in 2005.

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