Matthew Hoggard is unable to speak at the awards dinner when the hero of Ashes begins to feel the direct consequences of using racist language towards Azeem Rafiq.
- Matthew Hoggard was prevented from speaking at an awards dinner on Friday.
- England’s former star Ashes hero was implicated in cricket’s racism crisis
- Hoggard apologized for labeling Azeem Rafiq as ‘Raffa the Kaffir’ in Yorkshire
Ashes’ hero Matthew Hoggard was unable to speak at an awards dinner Friday night as a direct consequence of using racist language with Azeem Rafiq.
The day came when ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison promised to stay to clean up cricket. Harrison, speaking after an emergency meeting of all stakeholders at the Oval, insisted that he is the man to make the sport more diverse and drive real change, a determination informed by Sportsmail on Friday.
Harrison claimed that he received the support of the 41-member ECB to address the crisis of racism, which will begin with the publication of a 12-point action plan next week, although he is expected to leave Lord’s next year once it has been completed. appointed a new president. .
Matthew Hoggard (left) was prevented from speaking at an awards night as the direct consequences of Azeem Rafiq’s revelations of racism (R) are felt
“I am determined to lead this change through cricket,” said Harrison.
“I am passionate about this topic. It is something I feel deeply. I have been trying to drive an inclusive and diverse sport since the moment I became CEO in 2015. I feel very motivated and very supported to make sure that change happens. ‘
Meanwhile, the 44-year-old Hoggard had been booked to appear at the ECB-accredited North East Premier League presentation night, but following Rafiq’s revelations on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport selection committee the Tuesday that the godfather had nicknamed him ‘Raffa the Kaffir’ – for which the former bowler has since apologized – Ryan Sidebottom was recruited to replace him.
NEPL Secretary Gordon Halliday confirmed Sportsmail: ‘Our committee felt that it would not be appropriate for Matthew to speak at our presentation night. It is attended by people of different ages, genders and mixed races.
Hoggard has made a lot of money on the after-dinner conference circuit, but was blocked on presentation night for the North East Premier League.
“The committee felt that it was in the best interest of Matthew and the audience that we find a replacement speaker.”
Hoggard has been popular on the after-dinner circuit since he retired in 2013 and is on the books of the Champions Celebrity Talent Agency.
The cancellation comes after the BBC removed Captain Michael Vaughan, winner of Hoggard’s Ashes in 2005, from his recent radio show in the wake of other Rafiq revelations.