Yorkshire cull coaching team as Moxon and Gale depart in wake of racism row

Yorkshire have announced that head coach Andrew Gale and director of cricket Martyn Moxon have left their roles at the club in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal that rocked cricket.

In a statement on Friday afternoon, Yorkshire confirmed that Gale and Moxon had departed the club along with the entire coaching team.

The statement read: "We can confirm that Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket, and Andrew Gale, First XI Coach, have left the Club today (3 December), in addition to all members of the coaching team.

"A new Director of Cricket will be appointed imminently, alongside a new coaching team which is being recruited.

"The backroom medical team, external services provided by Pavilion Physiotherapy Clinic, has also left the Club. An interim medical team is also in the process of being appointed.

"We thank everyone who is leaving for their service. Further announcements will be made in due course."

Gale was suspended by the club last month after an historic anti-semitic tweet emerged, while Moxon had been signed off from work due to a stress related illness.

The total number of departures is 16, with the club's new chairman Lord Patel saying: "Significant change is required at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we are committed to taking whatever action is necessary to regain trust.

"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.

"We want to make Yorkshire County Cricket Club a place for everyone, from all backgrounds. To do this, we need to rebuild our culture and instil positive values in everyone associated with Yorkshire.

"We are determined to learn from the mistakes of the past to become a Club which people can trust.

"We are hoping to announce a new Director of Cricket in the coming days. We have a huge rebuilding job to do but we are confident that this heralds a step forward towards a brighter future."

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