Azeem Rafiq requests ECB to resume international cricket at Headingley

Azeem Rafiq requests ECB to resume international cricket at Headingley

After visible signs of positive outlook at Yorkshire CCC since Lord Patel took over as chair, Azeem Rafiq has requested the ECB to allow the club’s right to host international cricket at Headingley.
 
Lord Patel, who replaced Roger Hutton as chair in November, told the Yorkshire Post on Wednesday that he was working “as hard as he ever has” to meet the ECB’s set of criteria before an early-spring deadline, and Rafiq wrote in a newspaper column that he wished Headingley was able to host internationals in 2022.
 
Rafiq said that the idea that young children in Yorkshire would be “denied the high-level cricket that could inspire them” was “the last thing I want” and that instead of helping to solve the issues in the English game, the club’s suspension from hosting internationals “could make it worse”.
 
Lord Patel has scheduled an emergency general meeting in February in order to vote on changes to the club’s guidelines, and has opened applications for six new non-executive directors. He has also made a proposal that two representatives of the Yorkshire membership sit off the board of director.
Yorkshire must be kept under review for some time – Rafiq
“It has been a whirlwind since I appeared in front of MPs almost two months ago, and what Yorkshire and Lord Patel have done to bring change is definitely a step in the right direction,” Rafiq wrote in the Daily Mail. “That is why I believe the time is right to say they should be given back the international cricket so vital to their very survival. The people of Yorkshire should be able to watch England in Test and white-ball games at Headingley this summer.
 
“It just seems outside the county everyone wants to throw the book at Yorkshire and my concern is some want to do that in order to make themselves look better or deflect attention away from their issues. I don’t agree with that because it will not drive change.”
 
“I am not saying everything is now hunky-dory at my old county and we can all move on,” Rafiq wrote. “Yorkshire must be kept under review to make sure this really is the start of something important and meaningful. Everything is not fine yet, not by a long way.
 
“At first in all this I believed international cricket should be taken away from them. But they have done enough to warrant getting it back, for now at least. I want to see England playing at Headingley this summer. I may even pop down to watch myself.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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