Yorkshire coach sacked for role in Azeem Rafiq racism scandal hired in Australia

First Team Coach of Yorkshire Andrew Gale at Headingley on April 5, 2017 in Leeds, England
Andrew Gale will move to Tasmania with his family - Getty Images/Nigel Roddis

Andrew Gale has been appointed head of Cricket Tasmania’s male performance pathway, two years after he was sacked as Yorkshire coach following allegations of racism made by Azeem Rafiq.

Gale, a former Yorkshire captain who became head coach, was sacked alongside 15 other members of staff in December 2021 after Rafiq’s allegations of institutional racism. He later received compensation as Yorkshire admitted his sacking was “procedurally unfair”.

Gale refused to engage with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Cricket Discipline Commission hearings earlier this year, at which he was handed a four-week ban from coaching and a £6,000 fine. Gale denied allegations of bullying and discrimination against him and alleged a “witch-hunt”.

Gale has now confirmed on LinkedIn that he has started a new job, saying: “I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as Male High Performance Pathway Head Coach at Cricket Tasmania”. His family are moving with him to Tasmania.

CT CEO Dom Baker said he was comfortable that Gale deserved another chance in the game.

“There is absolutely no doubt that Andrew wouldn’t be here unless there was an acknowledgement that the type of behaviour which he has been censored for is not acceptable to Tasmanian cricket and there’s a full acknowledgment of that,” Baker told Code Sports.

“So we’ve taken him on trust because we know him and we’ve worked with him before and I couldn’t be more confident that with what we’ve got set up here as an organisation, we’ll get the best out of Andrew and it’ll be the absolute best for our young Tasmanian cricketers.

“We obviously have done a whole load of due diligence on the whole situation. That was something that we actually discussed right up to board level.

“But we knew Andrew, we know he’s an exceptional talent. We had a long conversation with Andrew about, if he was to re-join cricket and to re-join cricket with Cricket Tasmania that there were absolute non-negotiables around our code of conduct. He’s very aware of those and we are very, very confident that any of the issues that happened in England are left behind, and we are moving forward.”

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