Michael Vaughan: The 2009 Yorkshire match in which Azeem Rafiq alleges ex-England captain made racist remark
Michael Vaughan "completely and categorically" denies the allegation from Azeem Rafiq that he made a racist comment towards him and other Asian players before Yorkshire's match against Nottinghamshire in 2009; This article contains comments some readers may find upsetting
Last Updated: 16/11/21 6:54am
The match where Michael Vaughan allegedly made a racist remark towards a group of Asian players in 2009 has been identified as Yorkshire's T20 match against Nottinghamshire.
The match was shown live on Sky Sports, and footage shows Vaughan shaking hands with four Yorkshire team-mates - Adil Rashid, Azeem Rafiq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, and Ajmal Shahzad.
There is nothing audible on the clip, but after this huddle, Rafiq claims former Yorkshire and England captain Vaughan said there are "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it".
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Vaughan has "completely and categorically" denied he said that - and that finding out about the claim was "like being struck over the head with a brick".
Sky Sports News has shown the footage to Rafiq, who has reiterated his claim that Vaughan made the comment. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan supports his former team-mate's claim, although Shahzad has no recollection of the comment.
On Monday, Rashid corroborated Rafiq's claims, becoming the third player to allege Vaughan made the remark.
"I wanted to concentrate as much as possible on my cricket and to avoid distractions to the detriment of the team but I can confirm Azeem Rafiq's recollection of Michael Vaughan's comments to a group of us Asian players," Rashid said in a statement to The Cricketer.
The clip has also been shown to Vaughan, who denies making the remark.
"I categorically deny saying the words attributed to me by Azeem Rafiq and want to re-state this publicly because the "you lot" comment simply never happened," he said in a statement on Monday.
"Anyone who has viewed the Sky footage of Yorkshire's pre-match huddle at the game in question in June 2009, and the interaction between the players, would find it hard to reconcile those scenes with the version of events that has been presented.
"I remember the match clearly because it was the first time in Yorkshire's history that four players of Asian heritage had been selected in the same team. It was an important milestone for the county and it was also a moment of pride for me personally. At the time, I was a senior professional nearing the end of my career, but, having been the first non-Yorkshire born player signed by the county, it was also a sign of the progress that had been made during my time. I made a point of shaking all four players' hands that day because I recognised it was a significant moment.
"In 2009, only weeks later, I wrote enthusiastically about this specific match in my autobiography, saying: 'This is going to be the shape of things to come for Yorkshire, as many of our most promising players come from the Asian community and it ought to be a good thing for our cricket'."
On Tuesday, Rafiq will give evidence to MPs looking into Yorkshire's handling of his racism claims.
Former Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton and CEO Mark Arthur are also due to speak, as well as ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.
Arthur resigned from his post last week, while Lord Patel replaced Hutton as chair following the latter's resignation earlier this month.