Colin Graves pledges to support Yorkshire CCC reforms in wake of Azeem Rafiq crisis

Former Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves has said he will vote to support reforms proposed following the club’s racism crisis at their delayed extraordinary general meeting on March 31.

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The England and Wales Cricket Board announced last month that it would lift its suspension on the club hosting major matches provided certain conditions were met by that date.

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But pressure started to mount following two aborted previous attempts to hold the EGM after vice-chairman Robin Smith declared the new chairmanship of Lord Kamlesh Patel invalid.

Former Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves has said he will vote to support reforms proposed following the club's racism crisis at their delayed extraordinary general meeting on March 31. (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Graves said: “As a Yorkshire vice-president and member, I have voted to support the changes as outlined by YCCC to its members. I really hope that the legal advice taken by the club on these issues is sound and solid.

“The club now needs to move on, and get back to staging international matches and playing cricket at the highest level in England and Wales.”

The conditions stipulated by the ECB include resolving issues relating to rules changes and decisions at the club, and amending rules relating to board elections, including the removal of Graves Trust powers.

Yorkshire’s financial position has become increasingly precarious in the wake of the departure of a number of major sponsors following Azeem Rafiq’s racism and bullying claims, raising the importance of the reforms being voted through.