- BT Sports doesn’t want the former England captain to go on his live Ashes coverage
- But BT will be taking the audio feed from Fox Sports that has Vaughn
- This comes after BBC Radio removed Vaughan from their Ashes coverage
- Former England captain denies making racist remarks against Azeem Rafiq
BT Sport’s plans for live Ashes coverage just 12 days before the first Test in Brisbane have been thrown into turmoil due to the ongoing uproar over Michael Vaughan.
As SportsMail revealed on Thursday, BT are adamant they do not want to use Vaughan following allegations he used racist language against Azeem Rafiq and three other Yorkshire players 12 years ago.
But the former England captain is contracted to comment for Australian rights holders Fox Sports, who have agreed to supply an audio feed to BT’s London studio.
BT Sport does not want to use Michael Vaughan (left) during the Ashes after allegations he used racist language towards Azeem Rafiq (right).
BT is hopeful that Fox will solve their problem by removing Vaughn, but has begun to explore other options and is facing many difficulties.
Sportsmail has learned that talks with other Australian rights holders Channel Seven about taking their feeds have not progressed while gathering a team of former players and broadcasters willing to work through the night on live commentary from BT London. are fighting for.
Former England captain Sir Alastair Cook and fast bowler Steve Harmison have signed up veteran broadcaster Matt Smith for BT’s coverage, along with providing expert analysis during lunch and tea breaks. But putting together a full commentary team is proving far more challenging.
Michael Vaughan looked sad when he was spotted in and out of Cheshire’s Elderly Edge on Wednesday. BT Sport has decided to cut his remarks from their coverage of the upcoming Ashes series, while BBC Radio has downplayed Vaughan from his remarks.
Sky Sports’ coverage of England’s tour of Sri Lanka last winter featured Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain and Rob Key commenting on television from London. But Channel Four took the feed provided by host broadcaster Star Sports after winning the rights to England’s tour of India later in the winter.
BT may not have that option due to the Vaughan issue, but also lacking a permanent cricket staff to work remotely, so are trying to recruit freelancers and former players. Delayed series timing has not helped matters, with many reluctant to work overnight for Christmas and New Year’s – especially with the five Tests taking place in just seven weeks.
Vaughan has categorically denied that he told Rafiq ‘too many of you, we need to do something about it’ before a Twenty20 Cup match in 2009. He insisted this week that he was looking forward to traveling to Australia to work for Fox. Standing by BBC.
Azim Rafique alleges that Vaughan made racial remarks towards Asian players at Yorkshire CCC, former England captain denies
Vaughan posted on Instagram, “Very disappointed not to comment for TMS (Test Match Special) on the Ashes and will miss working with great colleagues and friends, but looking forward to being behind the mic for Foxcricket in Australia I’m doing it.”
‘The issues facing cricket are bigger than any individual matter and I want to be part of the solution, listening, educating myself and helping to make it a more welcoming sport for all. ‘
The LECB have faced embarrassment as they prepare to announce a new 12-point diversity action plan today – with the sudden resignation of Leicestershire chairman Mahmuda Duke.
After the announcement Vaughan said on Instagram that he was ‘very disappointed’, removed from BBC coverage and said he looked forward to working with Fox Sports.
Lawyer is the only female president in 18 first-class counties and one of only two people of color in such roles, her departure as an untimely blow to the ECB as they try to deal with a chronic lack of diversity in the sport .
The Duke was due to step down the following March, but opted to leave immediately and in his resignation statement appeared to target ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.
“Cricket has been broken by recent events and I am deeply saddened by the hurt felt by people in my game,” he said.
‘With new leadership at the national level and a determination to learn from the recent past, I hope that racism will be completely removed from the dressing room, the field and the game, allowing us to celebrate diversity’ Which manufactures cricket and sports. So great in this country.’
England captain Joe Root poses during a training session ahead of the Ashes in Australia. First Test starts in Brisbane from 8th December
Tim Paine, who has since been forced to step down as Australia captain, with the trophy in 2019 after retaining the Ashes in a drawn series in England