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COVID-19 Positive Michael Vaughan Dropped Through Ashes Coverage Sports Channel

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was dropped from BT Sport channel’s Ashes coverage from December 8, after allegations that he made racist remarks during his visit to the Yorkshire District Club in 2009. The development comes a few days after the BBC’s decision to release him from their TV coverage of the series. Azeem Rafiq, the former Yorkshire cricketer, claimed that Vaughan said “there are too many of you” after selecting four players from Asian heritage in a 2009 provincial match.

Vaughan, who denied the allegations, apologized last week for the “hurt” Rafiq inflicted during his time as a player at Yorkshire.

Vaughan, who announced on Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, will continue to be involved in the Ashes coverage through his commentary role on Fox Sports, the Australian host broadcaster.

“The recent report submitted to the British Parliament exposing institutional racism within cricket and specifically Yorkshire County Cricket Club is extremely disappointing and a concern for all,” the channel said in a statement as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“Given these recent events and the controversy surrounding the situation, we have decided that the inclusion of Michael Vaughan in our Ashes coverage would not be editorially appropriate or in line with BT Sport’s values,” it added.

BT Sport said it would take a “hybrid” approach to their coverage, with Vaughan’s launch visits to be covered with studio analysis.

“Due to Covid and travel restrictions, BT Sport has decided to take our commentary stream from the Australian host broadcaster,” the channel said.

“We are still finalizing plans, but we are considering the option of following a hybrid approach using Fox Commentary where possible with the aim of putting our own commentary team in place if necessary,” it added.


Meanwhile, Vaughan announced on Twitter that his arrival in Australia will be delayed by a week due to a positive COVID-19 test.

“I had to postpone my flight to Australia until next week due to a positive Covid test, which is frustrating. But I will at least avoid the rain in Brisbane for a few days! And I will not be subdued anymore. If both teams when I get there. !! ” he tweeted.

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