Cricket news: Monty Panesar says “I have no reason to assume Vaughan is a racist”

Cricket news: Monty Panesar has come out in support of Michael Vaughan amid Azeem Rafiq’s racism row. Panesar revealed that Vaughan, as England’s captain, wanted to know about all the religions. And then to respect their beliefs. Vaughan is amongst those accused by Rafiq of racial discrimination. During his stint with the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Rafiq revealed that Vaughan used words like “you lot” to discriminate racially against him. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Adil Rashid have backed these claims too. However, Panesar wrote in his column for the Telegraph. Vaughan was anything but a racist. He mentioned that the former England captain believed in having the best players irrespective of religion.

“I have already said that I absolutely do not believe Michael Vaughan is racist. He was my captain when I played for England and I only experienced positive things around him. He always got the best out of me and several other cricketers from different backgrounds and would make the point that he only ever wanted the best possible England team, regardless of race or religion,” Panesar said.

Furthermore, Vaughan has reverted by denying all the allegations against him. And then saying the “you lot” conversation never happened. However, he has regardless landed in hot waters. Also, losing his position on the BBC’s coverage team for the Ashes series. Panesar recalls his first England training session. Where Vaughan consistently stated that he accepts his participation.

Cricket news: Monty Panesar says "I have no reason to assume Vaughan is a racist"

Michael Vaughan

Cricket news: “When I first attended an England training session, Vaughan told the media and fellow colleagues: “Monty is a breath of fresh air in this England dressing room”. He enjoyed how I approached the game and celebrated wickets – in fact, he actively wanted me to do it. My energy and passion for playing for England resonated with him,” Monty Panesar said.

Lastly, he was fired from the BBC’s coverage team. Vaughan expressed his disappointment with the situation.  However, he anticipates getting behind the mic for Fox Cricket in Australia.

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