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Yorkshire Cricket Club Welcomes Controversial Return of Colin Graves

Yorkshire has officially announced the controversial return of Colin Graves to the club’s board. The 76-year-old has taken on the role of a non-executive director and is set to be elected as chair during Friday’s board meeting.

Graves will be succeeding interim chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who will transition to a non-executive director position along with the previous chair, Harry Chathli. Notably, Yorkshire’s members had accepted a loan from Graves, who had previously served as chairman and played a pivotal role in saving the club from financial turmoil in 2002.

Despite his comeback, Graves’ return is met with significant controversy, primarily due to the racism scandal that has plagued the club since 2020, a period that partially unfolded during his previous tenure. Graves, who has previously apologized for past mistakes, asserted that crucial “lessons have been learned.”

Expressing gratitude for his appointment, Graves pledged to work tirelessly with the board to address the club’s current financial challenges and ensure the long-term financial stability of Yorkshire cricket. He also promised an inclusive culture at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club, emphasizing that everyone, regardless of background or ethnicity, will be welcomed without exceptions.

Lessons have been learned and will continue to be acted on as we move forward – Colin Graves

Graves acknowledged and apologized for any mistakes made during the challenging years in the club’s recent past, affirming a commitment to continuous improvement as they move forward. Despite the shadows of the racism scandal, he expressed confidence that Yorkshire CCC would evolve into a sporting institution that brings pride to everyone involved.

The racism scandal unfolded when bowler Azeem Rafiq spoke out about the discrimination he experienced during his time as a player at Yorkshire.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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