Entire Yorkshire first team ‘considering leaving club’ in wake of racism scandal

Yorkshire 's first team players are reportedly considering asking to leave Headingley, following the fallout of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal which has rocked the county.

Earlier this month, the club sacked their entire coaching staff, including director of cricket Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale.

Yorkshire's new chairman Lord Patel insisted the move was "necessary to regain trust" and "in the best interests of the club".

"Significant change is required at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we are committed to taking whatever action is necessary to regain trust," he said.

"The decisions announced today were difficult to make, but are in the best interests of the club.

"Without making important changes to how we are run, we cannot move on from the past to become a culture which is progressive and inclusive."

However, according to a report from the Mail On Sunday, a number of players have been left 'extremely upset' by the decision.

As a result, the entire first-team squad is said to be considering asking Yorkshire to allow them to speak to other counties about moving on.

It is noted that a number of players would be content to stay at Headingley, but the squad are keen to stick together and want to ensure that those who do want to leave are not left isolated.

Yorkshire recently appointed former player Darren Gough as their new director of cricket, with the 51-year-old replacing Moxon.

"Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been part of my life since my earliest days in cricket when I made my debut in 1989, and I spent 15 happy years at the club," Gough said.

"Like many, I have followed how the club handled the recent racism allegations with sadness and anger.

"I want to play my part in rebuilding cricket in Yorkshire and I am looking forward to working with the exceptionally talented group of players here.

"I share Lord Patel’s vision for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and the collective determination to face the issues head on with a series of positive actions. Change will not happen overnight, but I am certain that we can make Headingley roar again."

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