Chief executive of Yorkshire cricket resigns after Azeem Rafiq racism case


The chief executive of Yorkshire County Cricket Club has resigned after heavy criticism of the club’s handling of racism and bullying allegations.

Player Azeem Rafiq had called for Mark Arthur to be removed from his role, and the club’s new chairman Lord Kamlesh Patel had also refused to back him after the scandal.

In a statement, the club’s chair, Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford, said: “This is an important moment for the club which is ready to move forward with new leadership, which will be vital in driving the change we urgently need.

“We know there is still much work to be done and more difficult decisions to be made. We need to rebuild the trust of the fans, the cricketing world and the public.”

Mr Arthur said he had “eight fantastic years” at the club.

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