Yorkshire clear major hurdle in getting international Test cricket BACK at Headingley following ban

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Yorkshire clear major hurdle in getting international Test cricket BACK at Headingley following racism scandal ban as new chief Lord Patel resolves issue surrounding the influence of the Graves Turst at the county

  • Yorkshire were banned from hosting Test cricket at Headingley earlier this year
  • Headingley was stripped of hosting England Tests after the Azeem Rafiq scandal
  • DCMS chair Julian Knight said the ECB’s Yorkshire ban should remain this week
  • But Yorkshire chief Lord Patel has claimed a major victory in the county’s case


Yorkshire have cleared a major hurdle in their bid to win back international fixtures after resolving issues surrounding the influence of the Graves Trust.

Former Yorkshire chair Roger Hutton told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee in November that he was unable to sack board members without the permission of the Trust, which is owed a significant amount of money by the club and is linked to the family of ex-England and Yorkshire supremo Colin Graves.

DCMS chair Julian Knight said last week that the ECB’s ban on Headingley hosting England games should not be lifted until the Trust’s powers at the county were curbed.

Yorkshire have cleared a major hurdle in their bid to get Test cricket back at Headingley

Yorkshire have cleared a major hurdle in their bid to get Test cricket back at Headingley

DCMS chair Julian Knight said Yorkshire's ban of hosting England games should remain last week

DCMS chair Julian Knight said Yorkshire’s ban of hosting England games should remain last week

But new Yorkshire chief Lord Patel has now removed the requirement for the Trust’s approval to be obtained before a board member can be appointed or sacked.

‘We are making these changes, in the interests of transparency and in line with good governance, to remove any misunderstanding of the role of the Trust,’ said Lord Patel.

The move should help Yorkshire’s case to stage international games again and comes after they sacked 16 members of staff in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

New Yorkshire chief Lord Patel has now made sure that the Graves Trust is not as influential in the county club's fate

New Yorkshire chief Lord Patel has now made sure that the Graves Trust is not as influential in the county club’s fate

Headingley was the venue of Ben Stokes' stunning Ashes triumph (above) back in 2019

Headingley was the venue of Ben Stokes’ stunning Ashes triumph (above) back in 2019

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