Vaughan, England captain who won Ashes in 2005, has strenuously denied making that comment before a game 13 years ago.
The ECB has already faced a major backlash for charging Vaughan and six other former Yorkshire players over the club’s racism scandal.
Days after the charges were announced in June, the last four county chairmen have joined forces to denounce the handling of the matter and call for an independent investigation.
Colin Graves, Steve Denison, Robin Smith and Roger Hutton all declared the ECB unable to uncover the full story behind Rafiq’s damning allegations of abuse and botched handling.
They did so after voicing a litany of concerns about the disciplinary proceedings taken against the club and individuals, including: that the ECB investigation had dragged on too long and was “inflicting even more pain on people”; there was no evidence that Rafiq himself was punished for an anti-Semitic slur that surfaced in November, although he admitted it; that Yorkshire was “tried twice” after already losing key games and being forced to make sweeping changes to get them back; that the names of the defendants were leaked even before the ECB announced that they would not be identified; that Mark Arthur, Martyn Moxon and other senior figures in Yorkshire escaped prosecution for allegedly starting the scandal by failing to deal adequately with Rafiq’s grievances; and that the ECB’s investigation completely ignored its own refusal to conduct an investigation nearly two years ago.
The following week, Andrew Gale sensationally refused to attend the disciplinary hearing on the scandal, after finally breaking his silence to deny “every single” allegation against him and denouncing the ECB’s “witch hunt” in the case.
In an extraordinary 3,500-word statement released hours before the 5 p.m. deadline for defendants’ responses, the fired county head coach said he had “no faith” in a “tainted” trial looking for “scapegoats.” searched and said he would do it instead he was “bound” by his labor court’s findings against the association.
Just last week, a British Asian who was sacked in the wake of the Yorkshire scandal, Kunwar Bansil, broke his own silence to accuse the club of responding with “utter brutality” and said he had never seen racism there .
England’s World Twenty20 preparations begin next month with a seven-game tour of Pakistan before flying to Australia for a three-game series against the hosts in early October.