Vaughan won’t appear on BT Sport Ashes commentary amid Azeem Rafiq claims

Michael Vaughan has been removed from BT Sport's coverage of the Ashes after he was named in Yorkshire 's report into the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

The former England captain is set to commentate on the series for Australian broadcaster Fox Sports and BT Sport were planning to broadcast their feed for the Ashes.

However, BT have decided against using Fox's commentary as a result of Vaughan's involvement.

In a statement, they confirmed: "As a result of COVID and travel restrictions BT Sport had made the decision to take our commentary feed from the Australian host broadcaster.

"The recent report presented to UK Parliament uncovering institutional racism within cricket and specifically Yorkshire County Cricket Club is extremely disappointing and a concern for all.

"Given these recent events and the controversy with the situation we have taken the decision that including Michael Vaughan within our Ashes coverage would not be editorially appropriate or fit with BT Sport's values.

"We are still finalising plans but we are assessing the option of taking a hybrid approach, using Fox commentary where possible with the aim of putting our own commentary team in place if necessary."

According to a report from the Times, BT's "hybrid approach" means they will use Fox's commentary for any Tests where Vaughan does not feature.

He recently revealed that he had tested positive for Covid and has had to delay his trip to Australia, meaning he could miss the first two Tests of the series.

"I've had to delay my flight to Australia until next week because of a positive Covid test, which is frustrating," Vaughan tweeted.

"But at least I'll avoid the rain in Brisbane for a few days! And I'll be no more under cooked than both teams when I get there.!! #Ashes"

The BBC have already announced that Vaughan will not be part of their Ashes coverage, stating that his involvement in such a "significant story" in cricket "represents a conflict of interest".

Vaughan was accused of making a racially insensitive remark to a group of Asian players during a match for Yorkshire in 2009.

It was alleged that he told them there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" – a claim he has categorically and repeatedly denied.

Rafiq's allegation has been backed up by former Yorkshire overseas player Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and current England star Adil Rashid, who both claim they heard Vaughan make the comment in question.

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