sport news BT Sport's Ashes coverage will use Australian commentary but could ignore ...

sport news BT Sport's Ashes coverage will use Australian commentary but could ignore ...
sport news BT Sport's Ashes coverage will use Australian commentary but could ignore ...

BT Sport have announced they will be using commentary from Australia's Fox Sports during the Ashes but could switch to a different team of pundits when Michael Vaughan is on air after he was named in Azeem Rafiq's damning allegations of racism at Yorkshire.

Rafiq told MPs last month of the 'inhuman' treatment he suffered during his time at Yorkshire, with former England captain Vaughan among a number of figures implicated in the case.

Vaughan, who led England to their historic Ashes win in 2005, denied claims he said 'too many of you lot, we need to do something about it' to Rafiq and three other Asian players before a Yorkshire match in 2009.

He was taken off of the BBC punditry team for the upcoming Ashes tour of Australia due to a potential 'conflict of interest'.

But Vaughan, who announced on Wednesday he has had to delay his flight to Australia because of a positive Covid test and could miss the first match of the series, is still due to work for Fox Sports over the winter.   

BT Sport will use commentary from Fox Sports during the Ashes but could switch to a different team when Michael Vaughan is on

BT Sport are not setting up their own punditry team for the series though and confirmed on Wednesday they will be taking a commentary feed from Fox, the host broadcasters.

However, a BT Sport statement said that including Vaughan on their coverage 'would not be editorially appropriate or fit with BT Sport's values' and that they will be using a 'hybrid approach' to keep him off of their channels.

It read: 'As a result of COVID and travel restrictions BT Sport had made the decision to take our commentary feed from the Australian host broadcaster. 

'The recent report presented to UK Parliament uncovering institutional racism within cricket and specifically Yorkshire County Cricket Club is extremely disappointing and a concern for all. 

'Given these recent events and the controversy with the situation we have taken the decision that including Michael Vaughan within our Ashes coverage would not be editorially appropriate or fit with BT Sport's values. 

'We are still finalising plans but we are assessing the option of taking a hybrid approach, using Fox commentary where possible with the aim of putting our own commentary team in place if necessary.' 

Vaughan was implicated in the damning allegations of racism at Yorkshire by Azeem Rafiq

Vaughan was implicated in the damning allegations of racism at Yorkshire by Azeem Rafiq

Vaughan announced he has had to delay his flight to Australia because of a positive Covid test

Vaughan announced he has had to delay his flight to Australia because of a positive Covid test

Earlier on Wednesday, the BBC offered Vaughan a lifeline and said they 'expect to work with him again' after holding 'positive conversations'.

A statement by the BBC read: 'We're in regular contact with Michael and have had positive conversations with him in recent days. 

'Our contributors are required to talk about relevant issues, so Michael's involvement in a story of such significance means it's not possible for him to be part of our Ashes coverage or wider cricket coverage

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