Strict actions taken by BBC

The BBC has dropped Michael Vaughan from its coverage of the upcoming Ashes series in Australia after he was named in the Azeem Rafiq racism probe.

Strict actions taken by BBC

Vaughan, the former England captain turned commentator, was stood down from his BBC Radio 5 Live show earlier this month after it emerged that he was the subject of a complaint by Rafiq in Yorkshire's report into Rafiq's allegations of racism at the club.

Strict actions taken by BBC

On Wednesday, the BBC released a statement saying that Vaughan would also not be involved in its "wider coverage of the sport at the moment".

Strict actions taken by BBC

"While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment," the BBC statement said.

Strict actions taken by BBC

"We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest."

Strict actions taken by BBC

Rafiq's account was supported by former Pakistan bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who said they heard the comment.

Strict actions taken by BBC

Vaughan joined the BBC's Test Match Special radio team as a summariser in 2009. Responding in a post on Instagram, he admitted he was "very disappointed" at the decision, and would "miss working with great colleagues & friends".

Strict actions taken by BBC

However, he confirmed that he will still be a part of the Ashes coverage in his TV role with Fox Cricket in Australia, which will also be heard in the UK, following BT Sport's decision not to send a bespoke commentary team.

Strict actions taken by BBC

"The issues facing cricket are bigger than any individual case," Vaughan aded. "I want to be part of the solution, listening, educating myself and helping to make it a more welcoming sport for all."