The entire Yorkshire coaching staff, including director of cricket Martin Moxon and head coach Andrew Gayle, have resigned following allegations of racial discrimination by Azim Rafiq. Moxon stepped down due to a stress-related illness, while Gayle has been under suspension since November 9 pending a hearing on a tweet he made 11 years ago.
“We can confirm that all members of the coaching team, including Director of Cricket Martin Moxon and senior team coach Andrew Gayle, have left the club today,” Yorkshire said in a statement Friday. Rafiq accused the club of institutionalized racism, the county was widely criticized for its handling of the issue of racism and it lost its right to host England’s international matches at Headingley in addition to sponsors.
Following the scandal, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) launched a 12-point action plan to combat apartheid and promote inclusion and diversity at all levels of cricket. Dressing room culture, among other important matters under this Equitable, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) action plan developed jointly by the ECB, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Professional Cricket Association (PCA) and county clubs, among other organizations And here the emphasis will be on creating a welcoming environment for all.