Yorkshire has appointed Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford as its new director and chairman, following the resignation of Roger Hutton this morning.
Hutton announced his departure on Friday morning and urged Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur and director of cricket Martin Moxon to get out the door.
He accused Arthur and former England batsman Moxon of getting in the way of his efforts to reform the club.
And Hutton said the ECB was too slow to respond to his requests for help following Rafiq’s claims of bullying and racism.
Hutton became president in April 2020 – after Rafiq dropped his second spell in the county.
Upon his appointment, Lord Patel said: “‘I look forward to taking this club forward and driving the change needed.
“The club needs to learn from its past errors, gain trust and rebuild relationships with our communities.
There is much more to do, including reading the panel’s report, so we can begin the process of learning from our past mistakes.
“Yorkshire is fortunate to have a vast talent pool of cricketers and enthusiastic supporters from all our communities and we must all reunite with us to build a better Yorkshire County Cricket Club for all.”
Yorkshire were suspended from hosting international and other big matches at Headingley on Thursday, while most of their sponsors have turned their backs on the county.
The club, already struggling with a cash crunch, is expected to lose around £13 million.
Hutton said in his departure statement: “I want to be clear that when I was made aware of Azeem Rafiq’s allegations, I immediately reached out to the ECB for their help and intervention to support a stronger investigation.
“I was saddened when they refused to help because I felt it was a matter of great importance to the whole game. It is a matter of record that I have consistently expressed my dismay at the ECB’s reluctance to act.”
With regard to Arthur and Moxon, who are executive members of Yorkshire’s board of directors, Hutton stressed: “For most of my time at the club, I have experienced a culture that refuses to accept change or challenge. Is.
“There has been a persistent reluctance to apologize to the board’s executive members and the club’s senior management and to acknowledge racism and look ahead.
I now call on those executive members of the Board to resign
“During my time as president, I take responsibility for failing to persuade him to take appropriate and timely action. The disappointment has been shared by all non-executive members of the board, some of whom have now resigned.
“I now call on those executive members of the board to resign, to forge a new path for the club I love so much.
“I am sorry that we could not persuade the executive members of the Board to recognize the gravity of the situation and to show care and remorse.
“I am disappointed that legal sanctions, including the ongoing employment tribunal, have prevented the investigation report from being published and am looking forward to the time when everyone can see its recommendations. I hope it is published as soon as possible. .
“Azeem left the club in August 2018 – 18 months before I joined. I never met Azam. However, I know that when someone makes a claim as serious as theirs, it needs to be investigated and changes made.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize unconditionally to Azeem. The club should have recognized the serious allegations of racism at the time.”
Former chairman Colin Graves is looking to take on the former chairman of the ECB, whose family trust holds a multi-million-pound stake in Headingley.
But his appointment could be considered unacceptable as he was in the county during the period of some of Azeem’s allegations of racism.
Former Yorkshire player Gary Balance admitted to using racial slurs against Rafiq this week, a club report said comments of this nature were made in the ‘spirit of a friendly joke’.
Former England star Monty Panesar has called the use of racist words a “joke” while accusing the owners of “completely wrong handling” of the matter.
Fuming health secretary Sajid Javid said ‘heads should be rolling’ after the Yorkshire panel emerged that the repeated use of the word ‘p**i’ against spinner Rafiq was ‘butter’.
Rafiq will personally give evidence to the MPs on November 16 as part of the investigation into his allegations.
Former Yorkshire and England captain Michael Vaughan has revealed he was named in a Yorkshire internal report but ‘completely denies any allegations of racism’.
Vaughan said he was accused of telling Rafiq and two other Asian players to go to the field together saying ‘there are too many of you guys, we need to do something about it’.
He refuses to comment.
Vaughan wrote in his Wire Column: “I completely and categorically deny that I ever said those words.
“I will fight to the end to prove that I am not that person.”
The former England captain said Yorkshire have “extremely” settled the dispute.
Vaughan wrote: “It is clear that Azeem has gone through a lot.
“This is not only true but it is essential that their experience and their point of view be heard. There are undoubtedly lessons to be learned.
“Yorkshire has dealt with it very well. It’s a good cricket club and… I hope I can be part of the movement to rebrand the club and people will eventually look at this time and say it’s for the better.” changed.”