Yorkshire has learned from mistakes to replace cricket after the winter Yorkshire

AEarthworkers cleared the remaining snow from the outdoor field at Hedingley, while Yorkshire’s head coaching team – interim director for cricket Darren Goff, head coach Ottis Gibson and captain Steve Patterson sat in a cold press box to think about it. six months of turmoil and the upcoming season.

The extraordinary general meeting on Thursday night, which widely approved the structural changes demanded by the ECB after the racist scandal of Azim Rafiq, gave the club some financial stability after the lifting of the cricket ban.

EGM, which is said to be held in a business environment, has approved the appointment of Lord Patel as chairman, the appointment of six non-executive directors, and despite the hatred of former chairman Robin Smith, has revoked the powers of the Graves Trust.

Gow, who wore a Cookie-sponsored kit – Yorkshire lost his contract with Nike in the winter – spoke with emotion about the future of the club, where he first played in 1989 as a noisy teenager.

“When I took over in January, I saw almost fear and confusion on the faces of the players, but I can tell you that after three months, what I saw and witnessed, a team is working for each other. They worked their socks to get to a position where they are excited about the season… and I am so proud of them and I said that before I went to Dubai. [on a pre-season tour.]»

“They understood that not only Yorkshire, but I think cricket in general needs to change. Sports, society needs to change. All I can do is put things in their place, along with Ottis and the players, we are surrounded every day by people who write articles, read, watch and communicate, learn.

“People make mistakes, they continue to make mistakes. But it’s about forgiveness, it’s about teaching, it’s about moving forward together with us to be great again. We wanted to be on the front and back pages for the right reasons, but we weren’t. We are now working with the people in our place to give other cricket clubs a say that we want to do this in the future. We can just try and do it. It’s unfortunate that what happened, we can never undo it, we can’t forget to learn from it, move forward and make sure the situation doesn’t happen again. “

Headingley could hold an international cricket match on Thursday. Photo: Paul Ellis / AFP / Getty Images

Yorkshire signed Harris Rauf of Pakistan for the first six games of the championship and compatriot Shadab Khan for the T20 Blast. Gibson is on a mission to force Odil Rashid to play cricket with a red ball. The club are also trying to sign a foreign striker, with Gary Ballans on an indefinite leave of absence with a mental health problem, Tom Kohler-Cadmore after a brainstorming in the Pakistan Super League and Joe Ruth will not play until the end of April.

Visiting crews can expect to see favorable conditions for sailors. “We want a little help [Haris Rauf] definitely on the ground, ”Gibson said.“ I don’t think our footballers want to hear that. He’s still speeding 150km / h, so he doesn’t need much help, but when the teams are here to play come, we want to turn this place into a castle. “

The club is not sure if they will be placed in the Championship spots, which is a possible sanction of an independent investigation by the Cricket Disciplinary Commission. “It’s not the best thing to do in the middle of the season,” Gog said, “but in football they did it with the Derby.”

Meanwhile, the Africa-Caribbean engagement program, with ECB support, will be expanded across the country. The program, first established by Surrey in 2020 under the leadership of Ebony Rainford-Brent and aimed at engaging young people in the black community, will expand to Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds and an additional district of London after successful acquisitions in Birmingham and Bristol. found. in 2021.

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“Even though we started small in south London, we always predicted that this program would have a huge national impact,” Rainford-Brent said. “Having been in six cities for two years and on both sides of the Thames in London is proof that our model is changing the game.”

Funding from the ECB is part of an update to its 12-step racism and diversity action plan set out after Rafiq’s allegations, as well as the expansion of the ECB Community Talent Program, offering further 3,000 scholarships to founding trainers and conducting a training program. a review of dress culture in professional cricket.

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