However, the ECB has decided not to disclose the names of those charged at this time.
The ECB said an independent panel of the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) would hear the cases in September or October.
“The allegations arise from alleged breaches of ECB Directive 3.3 (conduct which is unreasonable or which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may defame the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer) and the ECB Anti-Discrimination Code. An independent panel of the Commission for Cricket Discipline will hear the cases at an appropriate time, the ECB said in a statement.
“The ECB’s investigation has been thorough and complex, the allegations cover a significant period of time and many witnesses and other individuals are coming forward to share their own experiences and allegations. The ECB is grateful to all who took the time Have a talk with the investigation team,” the board said in a release.
The ECB had previously suspended Yorkshire from hosting international and major matches following “the club’s failure with regard to action and responses” to allegations of racism.
“In cases of this nature, our general practice is not to identify the persons charged at this stage. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis. However, it is up to the CDC disciplinary panel to publish its decision and reasons in writing. This is standard practice after the hearing in its entirety. There will be no further comment until the hearing is held and the decision is published. We currently expect a hearing in September or October 2022,” the release said.
“I welcome the ECB’s announcement today and hope we can move towards an early hearing,” Rafiq said on Twitter.
“It’s been another grueling but unfortunately necessary process. It’s been two years since I went public about my experiences, but I hope it means no young player will ever go through this kind of pain and isolation again.” Doesn’t pass. My priority would be to have this hearing publicly, but I hope we’re at least getting to a point where there’s going to be some sense of closure for me and my family.”
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