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Yorkshire CCC and “a number of individuals” have been charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board following its investigation into allegations of racism at the county.

The ECB has elected not to name the individuals. An independent panel of the Cricket Discipline Commission will hear the cases, with the expectation that these would take place in September and October.

The individuals have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute, and the ECB Anti-Discrimination Code with each relating to the use of racist and discriminatory language.

The ECB said in a statement on Wednesday: “The ECB’s investigation has been thorough and complex, with the allegations covering a significant period of time and a number of witnesses and other individuals coming forward to share their own experiences and allegations. The ECB is grateful to all those who have taken the time to speak with the investigating team.

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“In matters of this nature, our normal practice is not to identify individuals charged at this stage. This decision is taken on a case-by-case basis. It is however standard practice for the CDC disciplinary panel to publish its decisions and written reasons in full following the hearing.”

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The ECB’s announcement follows accusations made by Azeem Rafiq that he had been racially abused while at the county, and the former cricketer welcomed the news. He said on social media: “I hope we can move to the hearing quickly.

“This has been another gruelling but unfortunately necessary process. It is two long years since I went public about my experiences but I hope that no young player ever goes through such pain and alienation again. My preference would be for this hearing to take place publicly but I am hope that we are at least nearer a point where there will be some sense of closure for my family and me.”

Yorkshire were criticised for the length of time it took to even publish a summary of their investigation into those allegations. In September 2021 the club finally released a statement saying Rafiq had been the victim of “racial harassment and bullying” and upheld seven of his 43 allegations. However, the following month the club confirmed nobody would be disciplined.

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