On his personal Instagram account, Michael Vaughan has said that the charge against him has been dismissed.
“I want to thank the panel for their attention to his in very difficult circumstances,” Vaughan writes. He has posted a photo, containing a long statement. The post itself is a “Thumbs up” emoji only.
At this stage, no official confirmation of that on the ECB website.
Speaking last Friday at the county’s AGM, the Yorkshire chief executive, Stephen Vaughan, spoke of his eagerness to find out what sanctions, if any, the club will face as a result of this process:
“I liken it to jumping off the high board at the swimming baths,” Vaughan said. “The jumping off part isn’t too bad, it’s just going up the stairs that scares you. So for everybody here, we want to know what it is, deal with it and move on. I really hope first and foremost that all of the work that’s gone on in this period of time will be held into account when we come to this conversation (around sanctions). English cricket is stronger for Yorkshire cricket being strong.”
A week before the start of the Championship season, window cleaners with long-armed squeegees were scrubbing Headingley’s pavilion, but it has proved far more difficult for Yorkshire to emerge from the grubby haze left by Azeem Rafiq’s allegations and their aftermath.
Eighteen months after the club published a summary of the report into Rafiq’s claims, on the day of the cancelled Old Trafford Test against India, the process is still in limbo. The Cricket Disciplinary Commission is expected to give its verdict on Friday – Yorkshire have pleaded guilty on four counts, including a failure to address systemic use of racist and/or discriminatory language over a prolonged period – but the announcement of any sanctions is not expected until later.
The announcement of the findings by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) is expected at 10.30am UK time. So in around 20 minutes.
The former England captain Michael Vaughan and five other former players are due to discover whether they have been found to have used racist language and brought the game into disrepute when the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) publishes its findings today.
We will bring you news on the commission’s findings, and related news and reaction, on this live blog.