Report questions influence of Graves Trust at Yorkshire

Publication Date14 January 2022
Publication titleHuddersfield Daily Examiner
Former county chair Roger Hutton told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee last November he wanted to remove chief executive Mark Arthur and director of cricket Martyn Moxon over their response to a report into allegations of racism raised by former player Azeem Rafiq

However, Hutton said he was not given consent to do so by the Trust, which is owed a significant amount of money by the club and is linked to the family of former Yorkshire chair Colin Graves.

The committee, which also heard harrowing testimony from Rafiq, published its report on cricket's racism crisis today, urging the England and Wales Cricket Board to 'clean up its act' on tackling discrimination or have limits placed on the public funding it receives.

The ECB removed Yorkshire's right to host lucrative international games at Headingley over the former leadership's handling of the Rafiq crisis, and DCMS committee chair Julian Knight said despite the impressive work done at Yorkshire by new chair Lord Patel, the role of the Trust had to be properly addressed before those matches could be restored.

"It gives me real pause for thought as to whether or not they're ready (to host internationals) yet," Knight said.

"Lord Patel has made great strides but we need to be sure there is no repetition of a situation where those who need to be removed from senior positions at the club are not removed because of a road block through a Trust.


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