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Former England captain Michael Vaughan is stepping down from his job at the BBC amid an “ongoing dialogue” around the Yorkshire racism investigation.

Vaughan was charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board earlier this month along with a number of others.

On Monday, a joint letter by two groups of BBC staff raised concerns about the 47-year-old’s continued involvement in the broadcaster’s cricket coverage.

Vaughan is mentioned in the Yorkshire report into Azeem Rafiq’s claims of racism.

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He has denied allegations that he made racist comments to a group of Asian players.

Vaughan was not involved in the BBC’s coverage of Ashes in Australia during the winter, but returned to provide commentary in March.

News of the ECB accusations comes before England play New Zealand at Headingley in the third Test – the first international match to be held on the pitch since the scandal.

On Monday, the BBC said it acknowledged staff had raised concerns in an open letter opposing Vaughan’s recovery at the company.

The letter was sent to staff by groups representing fellow black, Asian and ethnic minorities.

“It’s always regrettable when comments about things off the pitch distract from what’s happening on the pitch. In light of the ongoing dialogue on this issue, I’ve taken the decision to step down from my job for the BBC for the time being,” said Vaughan. in a statement.

“The main driver for this is my concern for the well-being of my family members and my desire to protect the lives of their families. The temporary retreat is also in the interest of the game and I hope it will minimize any hardship for my co-workers.”

In a statement, the BBC said: “After conversations with Michael Vaughan, we have accepted his decision to stay away from our cricket coverage. This is a decision we respect and understand. Michael remains under contract with the BBC.”

Last November Rafiq told lawmakers about his experience in Yorkshire and said England cricket was “institutionally” racist.

Since then 16 staff members have left Yorkshire in a major overhaul.

The club’s handling of the scandal also led to a series of resignations, with chief executive Mark Arthur and chairman Roger Hutton leaving their posts, and the ECB stripping Headingley of the international match it was supposed to host – the club’s right to host England matches has been ever since. has been restored.

Commenting on his allegations earlier this month, the ECB said it had carried out a “thorough and complex” investigation. The governing body expects hearings to take place in September or October and the results of each case to be published once a decision is reached.

It said the allegations arose from alleged breaches of directives regarding “inappropriate behavior or which might be detrimental to the interests of cricket or which could bring the ECB, the game of cricket or cricket players into disrepute”, and the anti-ECB discrimination code.

The ECB has not commented on the specific details of the allegations.

Rafiq accused Vaughan of saying “too many of you guys, we need to do something about it” to him and three other Asian players during a game for Yorkshire in 2009.

Rafiq’s account is backed by former Pakistani bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and British foot spinner Adil Rashid, who said they heard the comments.

The fourth player in the group – bowler Ajmal Shahzad – previously told the Daily Mail that he had no recollection of the event and “the senior players were very nice to me”.

Vaughan has said before that he does not remember the incident or recognize the words he claims to have used.

“I just remember clearly that I was proud as a stroke that we had four Asian players representing the Yorkshire County Cricket Club,” he said.

In an interview with the BBC in November he said he was “sorry for all the injuries” Rafiq had suffered.

Vaughan captained England at the Tests between 2003 and 2008. He played his entire domestic career in Yorkshire – between 1993 and 2009 – before being the summariser on the BBC Test Match Special.

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