Former England captain Vaughan signs two-year contract with BBC
Former England captain Michael Vaughan signs a new two-year contract with the BBC after agreeing to return as a pundit on Test Match Special with ECB racism charges against him dismissed
- Vaughan is now set to return to the BBC this summer for their cricket coverage
- He was accused of telling Yorkshire team-mates ‘there’s too many of you lot’
- The 48-year-old was then cleared of allegations of racism by the ECB in March
Michael Vaughan has signed a new two-year contract with the BBC after agreeing to return as a pundit on Test Match Special this summer.
The 2005 Ashes-winning captain was dropped by the BBC 18 months ago after being accused by Azeem Rafiq of saying “there’s too many of you lot, we need to do something about that” to three Asian players before a Yorkshire game in 2009.
Vaughan made a brief return to the airwaves at the start of last summer, but stood down after being charged by the ECB with bringing the game into disrepute last June.
The 48-year-old was cleared of the charge in March by the independent Cricket Discipline Commission panel, which found “significant inconsistencies” in the evidence of his accusers.
Vaughan’s BBC contract expired during the period of his suspension, but the corporation are understood to have offered him a new long-term deal earlier this week following talks that involved the director-general, Tim Davie.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has signed a new two-year contract with the BBC
Azeem Rafiq was one of those Yorkshire players of Asian descent who was allegedly the subject of Vaughan’s comments in 2009
But Vaughan was eventually cleared of allegations of racism by the ECB back in March
In addition to radio commentary for Test Match Special Vaughan will also appear as a guest on the BBC’s evening TV highlights programmes, starting with the one-off Test against Ireland at Lord’s next month before the five-match Ashes series, which begins on June 16 at Edgbaston.
Vaughan’s two-year deal also includes covering England’s defence of the 50-over World Cup in India this autumn as next summer’s home Test series against West Indies and Sri Lanka.
While the BBC’s support for Vaughan has wavered throughout the Yorkshire racism hearing he returned the backing of Fox Sports in Australia, who employed him as a pundit during the 2021/22 Ashes series Down Under and at the T20 World Cup last year.
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