An independent Cricket Discipline Committee (CDC) has published the sanctions made after investigations into alleged racist and/or discriminatory behaviour in Yorkshire. As a result of the hearings, six players and coaches have been sanctioned and fined. The players include Gary Ballance, Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan, John Blain, Andrew Gale, and Richard Pyrah.
Gary Ballance, who subsequently moved to Zimbabwe and then retired from international cricket, has been given a six-match ban along with a fine of GBP 3000. Tim Bresnan has been given a three-match ban along with a fine of GBP 4000. Andrew Blaine and Matthew Hoggard have been fined GBP 2500 and GBP 4000, respectively. Additionally, coaches Andrew Gale and Pyrah have also been sanctioned similarly. Gale has been given a four-week suspension from coaching and a GBP 6000 fine, while Pyrah has been given a two-week suspension and a fine of GBP 2500.
All of them have also been strongly recommended by the CDC to “undertake an appropriate racism/discrimination education course identified by the ECB, at his own expense, particularly if he intends to return to cricket in any playing or coaching capacity.” The players have the right to appeal these sanctions before June 9, 2023, and the CDC’s sanction hearing of the Yorkshire Cricket Club will be on June 27.
It is worth noting that even though Gary Ballance moved to Zimbabwe and subsequently retired, the sanctions would still apply if he were to return to the English cricket circuit. The sanctions come as a result of investigations into alleged racist and/or discriminatory behaviour in Yorkshire, and the CDC’s decision to sanction the players and coaches sends a strong message that such behaviour will not be tolerated in cricket.