Yorkshire: Structural reforms approved at EGM allowing club to host England matches

Lord Patel was appointed Yorkshire chair in November after Roger Hutton resigned

Yorkshire chair Lord Patel hailed an “overwhelming vote for constructive change” as structural reforms on the membership have been permitted on Thursday.

The membership’s proper to stage England video games was suspended over its dealing with of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal final 12 months.

“We thank the members for his or her full and correct consideration,” mentioned Patel.

“This assist will assist Yorkshire County Cricket Membership to be an inclusive and welcoming place and provides us the readability and certainty we have to hold constructing this nice membership.”

Former spinner Rafiq mentioned on social media: “Relieved to see Lord Patel’s reforms backed at the moment and that Yorkshire members selected a vivid, inclusive future for my membership.

“Large alternative to indicate the world what will be achieved when you’ve sturdy management and good individuals.”

Patel, who was appointed in November, mentioned in January that Yorkshire confronted a “enormous monetary disaster” if the ban was not lifted and that regaining its internationals standing was key to the membership’s deliberate reforms.

Yorkshire’s proper to host England matches was reinstated topic to key necessities being met by the top of March.

The membership held a rare basic assembly at Headingley on the day of the deadline and members overwhelmingly handed three particular resolutions.

Former chairman Robin Smith had mentioned that Patel’s appointment was “invalid” however one of many three resolutions at Thursday’s EGM noticed Patel confirmed because the membership’s chair.

Members additionally voted in favour of adjustments to the composition of the board and the removing of authorized legal responsibility from selections made by board members since November.

An ECB spokesperson mentioned that the vote “is a crucial step ahead in bringing about actual change and setting the membership on track for a extra inclusive future”.

Nevertheless, they added that “it will be important that the plans set out up to now are actually delivered. We’ll proceed to observe progress intently.

“Our regulatory investigation into the complaints introduced by Azeem Rafiq, which is separate to this course of, stays ongoing and we are going to replace on this in the end.”

Headingley is now set to host England’s Check in opposition to New Zealand from 23 June and the ultimate match of their one-day worldwide in opposition to South Africa on 24 July.

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