Yorkshire’s ban from hosting international cricket at Headingley has been lifted

Yorkshire's Headingley stadium is due to host two England matches this summer

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has lifted Yorkshire’s suspension from hosting international cricket at Headingley, subject to certain criteria respecting the county’s management.

The ECB’s decision is contingent on the county making other adjustments to its decision-making structures by the end of March. Azeem Rafiq applauds the “right decision”; This summer, Headingley will host a Test match against New Zealand and an ODI against South Africa.

Last November, the ECB had lucrative summer matches canceled due to the county’s conduct of a probe into charges of racial harassment and bullying by former player Azeem Rafiq.

The ECB has asked that “problems relating to rule modifications and club decisions that have been susceptible to procedural errors” be resolved, as well as the abolition of Yorkshire board veto and observer powers held by former chair Colin Graves’ family trust, which is a major creditor of the county.

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On the proviso that the county makes additional adjustments by the end of March, Headingley will host an England men’s Test match against New Zealand on June 23 and a one-day international against South Africa on July 24.

Yorkshire chair Lord Kamlesh Patel has made significant changes since taking office in November, dismissing 16 members of the county’s backroom staff, including former director of cricket Martyn Moxon and first-team coach Andrew Gale.

The governing body of English cricket also released the ten criteria and timetables that guided its decision, as well as reports on how Yorkshire completed its targets, which were delivered to the county in November.

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