Lord Patel will step down as Yorkshire County Cricket chairman after overseeing extensive changes at the club in the fallout of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal, including sacking the club’s coaching and medical teams
- Lord Patel has announced he will step down as the Yorkshire Cricket chairman
- The 62-year-old took over the club following Roger Hutton’s resignation in 2021
- Patel oversaw many changes at the club including sacking many staff at the club
- Patel also agreed a compensation package with former cricketer Azeem Rafiq
Lord Patel will step down as Yorkshire chairman at the county’s next annual meeting.
Patel joined Yorkshire in November 2021 following Roger Hutton’s resignation in response to the club’s handling of Azeem Rafiq’s racism accusations.
He agreed a compensation package with Rafiq and ordered Yorkshire’s coaching and medical team to be sacked, which the club later admitted was procedurally unfair and led to settlements.
Lord Patel has announced he will stand down as Yorkshire County Cricket chairman in March
He oversaw many changes at the cricket club following the fallout of the Azeem Rafiq scandal
Yorkshire were also hit with a disrepute charge, which is yet to be heard by the Cricket Discipline Commission.
Lord Patel said: ‘It has been an honour and a privilege to work for such a prestigious organisation’
‘I have made the difficult decision to step aside at the next AGM and enable the club to continue on its important journey of change under a new chair.
‘I would like to thank those members who have been hugely supportive of the changes that the board have introduced at Headingley.
Patel took over from Roger Hutton who resigned in 2021 following the racism scandal
‘I would also like to thank the staff and board members who have all worked tirelessly during what has been a transformational period in Yorkshire’s history.
‘There is still much for the club to do, but I have the strongest faith that Yorkshire will be back at the pinnacle of English cricket for the long term.’
The departures of high-profile staff members, including the entire coaching team, proved highly controversial and Yorkshire agreed costly settlement packages after accepting the dismissals were procedurally unfair.
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