Michael Vaughan’s lawyer says the England and Wales Cricket Board investigation into whether the former England captain made an alleged racist comment in 2009 was “woefully inadequate”.
Vaughan, 48, is accused of saying “there’s too many of you lot, we need to have a word about that” to Azeem Rafiq and three other Asian players representing Yorkshire before a Twenty20 match against Nottinghamshire.
In his closing submissions to a Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) panel on Tuesday, Vaughan’s lawyer Christopher Stoner KC accused the ECB of having a “biased position”.
In reply, ECB lawyer Jane Mulcahy KC said it was “simply not true” the body has been biased in this case and it was “inappropriate” to make that allegation.
Mulcahy said Vaughan and his legal team had gone to “ridiculous lengths” to “unfairly throw mud at the ECB” in their questioning of the investigation.
She said it is “inherently probable” Vaughan made the alleged comment to Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Ajmal Shahzad on 22 June 2009.
England spinner Rashid and former Pakistan bowler Naved-ul-Hasan have corroborated Rafiq’s claim.
Stoner said there were “inconsistencies” in the case and Rafiq’s allegation, adding that “due process” was “sent on holiday” by the ECB.
“This was prosecution from the outset,” said Stoner, who argued it was “inherently improbable” Vaughan made the alleged comment.