Decision to allow Michael Vaughan to commentate was ‘totally inexcusable’: BBC in-house diversity group

The BBC’s internal diversity group has criticized the broadcaster for his decision to hire former England captain Michael Vaughan as commentator for the third Test against New Zealand at Headingley. According to a report in the Guardian, a group of black, Asian and minority ethnic groups at BBC Sport sent an email to staff calling it “completely inexcusable”.

Vaughan, who was indicted after an investigation into allegations of racism by former player Azeem Rafeeq, was making a live commentary on the third audition on Radio 5.

Rafeeq, the former England Under-19 captain of Pakistani descent, alleged last year that he was a victim of institutional racism at the club. The scandal rocked English cricket to its core and led to many changes in training and administrative staff in Yorkshire.

In its post, the group described the move as a “horrific miscalculation” that caused “painful, confusing and intolerable” ordeal for many employees.

Earlier, following Vaughan’s accusations of racist comments, he was excluded from the Ashes coverage last November.

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