BBC issue Michael Vaughan update amid race row after Ashes axe

The BBC have said they "expect" to work with Michael Vaughan again, with the former England captain currently stood down from his role with the broadcaster after being named in Yorkshire 's report into the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

Vaughan was accused of making a racially insensitive remark to a group of Asian players during a County Championship match in 2009.

It was alleged that he told a group of Asian players, including Rafiq. that there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" – a claim Vaughan has categorically and repeatedly denied.

Rafiq's allegation has been backed up by former Yorkshire overseas player Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and current England star Adil Rashid, who both claim they heard Vaughan make the comment in question.

As a result of the allegation, Vaughan will not be working with the BBC on their cricket coverage for the foreseeable future, with the broadcaster stating his involvement in such a "significant story" in cricket "represents a conflict of interest".

In a fresh statement, the BBC reiterated their stance on the issue but admitted they "expect to work with Michael again in the future".

The statement 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 at the moment.

"We're pleased with how our conversations are going and expect to work with Michael again in the future. He remains on contract to the BBC."

Responding to the BBC's decision last month, Vaughan wrote on Instagram: "Very disappointed not to be commentating for TMS on the Ashes and will miss working with great colleagues & friends, but looking forward to being behind the mic for Fox Cricket in Australia.

"The issues facing cricket are bigger than any individual case and I want to be part of the solution, listening, educating myself and helping to make it a more welcoming sport for all."

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