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Yorkshire County Cricket: Lord Patel will step down as chairman in March

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Yorkshire County Cricket: Lord Patel will step down as chairman in March

Lord Patel is to step down as Yorkshire County Cricket chairman after overseeing sweeping changes at the club in the fallout from the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal, including sacking the club’s coaching and medical team

  • Lord Patel has announced he will step down as chairman of Yorkshire Cricket
  • The 62-year-old takes over the club following Roger Hutton’s resignation in 2021
  • Patel oversaw many changes at the club including sacking many club staff
  • Patel also agreed to a compensation package with former cricketer Azeem Rafiq

Lord Patel will step down as Yorkshire chairman at the county’s next annual meeting.

Patel joined Yorkshire in November 2021 following the resignation of Roger Hutton in response to the club’s handling of Azeem Rafiq’s racism accusations.

He agreed to a compensation package with Rafiq and was ordered to sack Yorkshire’s coaching and medical team, which the club later admitted was procedurally unfair and led to settlements.

Lord Patel has announced he will stand down as Yorkshire County Cricket chairman in March

Lord Patel has announced he will stand down as Yorkshire County Cricket chairman in March

He oversaw many changes in the cricket club following the fallout of the Azeem Rafiq scandal

He oversaw many changes in the cricket club following the fallout of the Azeem Rafiq scandal

Yorkshire have also been hit with a disrepute charge, which the Cricket Discipline Commission has never heard.

Lord Patel said: ‘It is an honor and a privilege to work for such a prestigious organisation’

‘I have made the difficult decision to step aside at the next AGM and enable the club to continue its important transformation journey under a new chair.

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‘I would like to thank those members who have been so supportive of the changes the board has introduced to Headingley.

Patel replaces Roger Hutton who resigned in 2021 following a racism scandal

Patel replaces Roger Hutton who resigned in 2021 following a racism scandal

‘I would also like to thank the staff and board members who have all worked tirelessly during such a transformative period in Yorkshire’s history.

‘There is still a lot to do at the club, but I have the strongest faith that Yorkshire will return to the top of English cricket for a long time.’

The departure of high-profile members of staff, including the entire coaching team, proved highly controversial and Yorkshire agreed expensive settlement packages after accepting the dismissals were procedurally unfair.

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