Azeem Rafiq: Yorkshire to undergo independent governance review

Rafiq is emotional about racism in Yorkshire.

The club governance of Yorkshire will be reviewed in the wake of allegations made by Azeem Rafiq.

Yorkshire's handling of Rafiq's claims came in for a lot of criticism.

Mark Arthur resigned as chief executive and Roger Hutton was replaced by Lord Patel.

The review will be shared with the public on 24 January.

A statement from the club said the review will involve "obtaining written submissions and holding a series of interviews with individuals from Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and the wider cricket and sporting community".

The independent governance review will help us shape how we move forward as a club following the challenges we have faced. Many have been failed by our leadership and how we operate as a club.

I am determined that we go above and beyond gold standard both on paper and in practice, and we must look closely at our processes and procedures.

"Only through taking bold steps to understand and address the fundamental building blocks of how we operate can we build a solid platform from which to change our culture and create a welcoming and inclusive club for all in Yorkshire."

The way Yorkshire handled Rafiq's claims led to the suspension of their hosting of England matches at their home.

Rafiq gave evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, in which he called English cricket "institutionally racist".

Two other former Yorkshire players and three ex- Essex players have also been accused of racism.

A full review of dressing-room culture is one of the five points in the plan published by the ECB.