Four ex-Yorkshire cricket employees sacked in aftermath of Azeem Rafiq racism scandal – including former head coach Andrew Gale – to begin legal case against the county on May 6
- Four ex-Yorkshire CCC employees will begin their legal case against the county on May 6
- Those involved are former head coach Andrew Gale, second XI coach Ian Dews, academy director Richard Damms and conditioning coach Peter Sim
- The men are understood to be challenging the strength of the evidence for their firings
Andrew Gale is among a quartet of ex-employees whose legal disputes with Yorkshire will begin on May 6.
Leeds Employment Tribunal have listed a private preliminary hearing for that date after accepting and serving the claims of former head coach Gale, Ian Dews, the second XI coach, Richard Damms, the academy director, and strength and conditioning coach Peter Sim against the club.
Dews is the lead case, but all will be heard together as the claims are based on the same set of facts.
Former Yorkshire head coach Andrew Gale is one of four ex-employees challenging their sacking by the club
Gale was one of 12 Yorkshire staff fired in the aftermath of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal that engulfed the county
The four men were sacked along with 12 others in early December last year as part of a rebuild at Headingley by chair Lord Patel triggered by Azeem Rafiq’s accusations of institutional racism at the club.
It is understood the reason for their terminations and strength of any evidence against them will be challenged, and perhaps most significantly whether due process was followed.
Some of Patel’s predecessors at the club have accused him of acting without a mandate since being parachuted in as Roger Hutton’s successor four months ago.
Yorkshire chair Lord Patel made the decision to fire the employees as part of a rebuild plan
Yorkshire – who fly out to Dubai for a pre-season tour on Sunday – intend to ratify the position of Patel and that of chief executive Paul Hudson at an extraordinary general meeting on March 14.
In the interim, the LET will consider the merits of multiple other wrongful dismissal claims in what could potentially prove a financial calamity for Yorkshire given that they are already £20million in debt.
Gale, a double Championship-winning captain before moving onto the coaching staff, and Dews spent more than 20 years on the staff while Damms joined in 2011.
Gale, who twice won the Championship as a Yorkshire player, spent more than 20 years at the club
Sim, who discovered his fate while part of England Lions’ backroom staff in Australia, was with Yorkshire for four and a half years and has since joined Worcestershire.
Kunwar Bansil has also found a new job as head of science and medicine at Nottinghamshire but there are fears amongst the others that the association with racism their sackings attracted will prevent them working in cricket again.
Rafiq failed to resolve his own dispute with Yorkshire through judicial mediation last year, after filing a claim against his former county under the Equality Act, alleging direct discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race, but accepted a £200,000 settlement offered by Patel in November.