YORKSHIRE RACISM SANCTIONS
Even though Gary Ballance moved to Zimbabwe and subsequently retired, the sanctions would still apply if he were to return to the English cricket circuit © Getty
An independent Cricket Discipline Committee has published the sanctions made after investigations into alleged racist and/or discriminatory behaviour in Yorkshire.
As a result of the hearings six players – Gary Ballance, Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan, John Blain, Andrew Gale and Richard Pyrah – have been sanctioned and fined.
While Ballance subsequently moved to Zimbabwe, and then retired from international cricket, the sanctions would still apply if he seeks a return to the English cricket fold.
Ballance has been given a six-match ban along with a fine of GBP 3000, Bresnan a three-match ban along with a fine of GBP 4000 while Andrew Blaine and Hoggard have been fined GBP 2500 and GBP 4000 respectively. Additionally coaches Andrew Gale (four-week suspension from coaching and GBP 6000 fine) and Pyrah (two-week suspension and a fine of GBP 2500) have also been sanctioned similarly.
All of them have also been strongly recommended by the CDC to “undertake an appropriate racism/discrimination education course identified by the ECB, at his own expense, particularly if he intends to return to cricket in any playing or coaching capacity.”
The players have the right to appeal these sanctions before June 9, 2023 and the CDC’s sanction hearing of the Yorkshire Cricket Club will be on June 27.