Yorkshire CC fire entire coaching team

Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale have left the cricket club along with the entire coaching staff in the latest fallout from a damaging racism scandal.

“We can confirm that Martyn Moxon, director of cricket, and Andrew Gale, first XI coach, have left the club today in addition to all members of the coaching team,” a Yorkshire statement said on Friday.

Moxon, who had been signed off since 9 November due to a stress-related illness, and Gale, suspended pending a disciplinary hearing into a past antisemitic social media post, were both heavily criticised at a digital, culture, media and sport select committee hearing at Westminster last month, when Rafiq repeated to MPs his call for both to step down from their roles at the club.

Moxon, 61, was an opening batsman for Yorkshire from 1980 to 1997 and returned to become director of cricket in 2007. Gale, 38, was also an opening batsman and captained the team until his retirement at the end of the 2016 season when he was appointed as coach.

An independent report found Rafiq, 30, was a victim of “racial harassment and bullying” but although Yorkshire apologised, they said they would take no disciplinary action against any staff.

The fallout for Yorkshire – one of England’s most successful and historic sides – was swift and devastating, with sponsors pulling out and the club suspended from hosting lucrative international matches.

Meanwhile,Yorkshire say the total number of departures is 16, including six members of the backroom medical team provided by Pavilion Physiotherapy Clinic.

A new director of cricket will be appointed as soon as possible, alongside a new coaching team which is being recruited.