Arthur resigns as CEO of Yorkshire

Yorkshire CEO Mark Arthur has resigned over the club’s response to the racism experienced by Azeem Rafiq.

A report found that former Yorkshire player Rafiq was the victim of “racial harassment and intimidation,” but the county said it would not discipline anyone.

Arthur is the latest high-profile figure to leave Yorkshire in the wake of a scandal that has gripped cricket.

President Roger Hutton resigned last Friday and on Monday Lord Patel took office and apologized to Rafiq.

Lord Patel also said that Rafiq should be commended for showing courage as a whistleblower.

Tuesday, Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale suspended for a tweet he posted in 2010.

Martyn Moxon, his cricket director, is absent from work due to a “stress-related illness” and “will be given the necessary support.”

Yorkshire has been suspended from hosting international matches by the England and Wales Cricket Board and a large number of sponsors have terminated their agreements with the club.

In a statement Thursday, Lord Patel said of Arthur: “We appreciate your tenure.

“This is an important moment for the club, which is ready to move forward with new leadership, which will be vital in driving the change we urgently need.

“We know there is still a lot of work to be done and more difficult decisions to be made. We need to rebuild the trust of the fans, the cricket world and the public.”

In his statement, Arthur made no reference to Rafiq, but listed 10 achievements from his time at the club.

They include the financing and construction of the new South Grandstand at Headingley, as well as back-to-back county championship wins and the club’s six-year South Asian participation program.

“I have had eight fantastic years at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, working alongside an exceptional group of people and achieving many highlights together,” he said.

Rafiq publicly detailed his experiences in Yorkshire, which left him close to committing suicide, for the first time in September 2020.

In September 2021, a year after Rafiq made its allegations public, Yorkshire released its own summary findings from the report and subsequently said that no one would be disciplined.

But the investigation was widely criticized after a racist term about Rafiq’s Pakistani heritage was reportedly found to be regularly used towards him while he was at the club and he concluded that it was “a friendly and good-natured joke.”

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