ECB places SUSPENSION on England stars participating in media activities during Ashes in Australia amid ongoing Yorkshire racism crisis and Tim Paine sexting scandal
- The ECB has indefinitely suspended stars who speak to the media
- English cricket is embroiled in racism crisis amid claims by Azeem Rafiq
- Australia is also in crisis after captain Tim Paine withdrew amid a sexting fight.
The ECB has indefinitely suspended the England team’s media activities in Australia as the racing storm continues to swirl around the game.
The gag coincides with the England dressing room’s implication as an accessory to racism through Azeem Rafiq’s accusations earlier this week under the parliamentary privilege that ‘Kevin’ was an insult that had been used to refer to blacks.
Last Thursday, Rafiq described himself as “incredibly hurt” after England captain Joe Root said he had not witnessed any instances of racism for two decades as a player at Headingley.
The ECB has indefinitely suspended English stars from speaking to the media
It comes amid a racism crisis after claims made by former Yorkshire star Azeem Rafiq
There are several connections to Rafiq in the 18-man squad: Root, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan play for the Yorkshire crisis club, while several other senior members have appeared alongside the 30-year-old, some under his captaincy during his England Sub. 19. days.
The silence also prevents players from being drawn into commenting on Tim Paine’s ‘sexting’ scandal, which has left the Australian team to deal with its own non-cricket issues ahead of the five-game series.
The situation is expected to be reviewed next week in preparation for the first ash test in Brisbane on December 8.
The ECB also doesn’t want its players to be dragged into commenting on Tim Paine’s sexting row.