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English cricket's racism trial is set to be held in public this month with former England captain Michael Vaughan pitted against current leg spinner Adil Rashid in the witness box following a sensational ruling on Wednesday.
Sportsmail has learned that the ECB's Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC] informed all parties on Wednesday that the trial of seven ex-Yorkshire players charged with using racist language towards Azeem Rafiq, which also includes former England stars Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance, will be an open hearing with a scheduled start date of November 28.
The ECB had argued against breaking convention by having the hearing in public on the grounds that much of the evidence they have collected has been gained on the basis of it taking place in private and may be inadmissable, but the CDC have ruled against them and in favour of Azeem Rafiq, who has pushed for an open hearing throughout.
A preliminary hearing chaired by former Derbyshire bowler Tim O'Gorman was held a fortnight ago, which was dominated by legal arguments over whether the full hearing should be public, with