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Former England skipper Michael Vaughan said he was “very disappointed” after being excluded from UKTN Ashes coverage for allegedly making racist comments about former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq. Pakistan-born Rafiq said Vaughan told him and two other Asian players that there were “too many of you, we have to do something” before a game of the county in 2009, a charge Vaughan denied. Vaughan said he was disappointed with the decision, but added that the problems plaguing cricket are more important than its fate.

“Very disappointed not to comment for TMS on the Ashes and working with great colleagues and friends will be missed, but I can’t wait to be behind the mic at @foxcricket in Australia. The issues facing cricket are more important than any individual case and I want to be part of the solution, listen, educate myself and help make it a more welcoming sport for all, ”Vaughan wrote in a statement posted to his Instagram account.

The UKTN announced on Wednesday that Vaughan would not be part of its Test Match Special (TMS) team for the upcoming round in Australia.

“Although he is involved in an important story in cricket, for editorial reasons we don’t think it would be appropriate for Vaughan to have a role on our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at this time. “the UKTN said in a statement. declaration.

“We ask our contributors to speak on relevant topics and his involvement in Yorkshire history represents a conflict of interest,” the statement added.

However, the English skipper who won Ashes in 2005 still has a contract to comment on Ashes on Fox Sports Australia, and Vaughan remains a columnist for the British newspaper Daily Telegraph.

In a statement released earlier, Vaughan had “categorically” denied allegations by Rafiq, who rocked English cricket with his recent revelations of racism within the system.

“I categorically deny saying the words attributed to me by Azeem Rafiq and want to reaffirm it publicly because the ‘you all’ comment just never happened.

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“It is extremely upsetting that this totally false accusation has been leveled against me by a former teammate, apparently supported by two other players.

“I have been in contact with the other six players on this team and none of them remembers the remark that was made,” he added.

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