Former England captain Michael Vaughan has “categorically” denied making an alleged racist comment to a former Yorkshire teammate, whose account was supported by current England player Adil Rashid on Monday.

Azeem Rafiq, 30, was found by an independent report to have been subject to “racial harassment and bullying” at Yorkshire, with the chairman and then the chief executive resigning in the fallout.

Vaughan, writing in his Daily Telegraph column, revealed earlier this month that the report states he told a group of Asian players – including Rafiq – in 2009: “Too many of you lot, we need to do something about it.”

“I completely and categorically deny that I ever said those words,” Vaughan wrote in the newspaper at the time.

“I will fight to the end to prove I am not that person.”

But Rashid, who has played 199 times for England across all formats, issued a statement on Monday via the Cricketer website echoing Rafiq’s claims against Vaughan, who also used to play for Yorkshire.

The leg-spinner, who was part of the England team who reached the semi-finals of the recent T20 World Cup, wrote: “I wanted to concentrate as much as possible on my cricket and to avoid distractions to the detriment of the team but I can confirm Azeem…

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