Rashid backs allegations Vaughan made racist comments

Adil Rashid says he was never pressured by Azeem Rafiq into supporting allegations that Michael Vaughan made racist comments during their time at Yorkshire.

Day two of the public Cricket Discipline Commission in London got under way on Thursday with the case of former England captain Vaughan.

Vaughan has been charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board due to allegations he said "there's too many of you lot" during a T20 match for Yorkshire in 2009 towards teammates Rafiq, Rashid, Ajmal Shahzad and Rana Naved ul-Hasan.

England bowler Rashid dialled into the disciplinary hearing from Bangladesh, where he is involved in the ongoing ODI series, on a video link.

He was cross-examined by Vaughan's lawyer Christopher Stoner KC, who repeatedly asked the spinner about whether he had been pressured into supporting Rafiq's claims.

Rashid, during more than an hour in front of the CDC panel, insisted: "No, no. Like I said before I wasn't pressured by Azeem."

Rashid first supported Rafiq's claims about Vaughan's alleged comment during an article with the Cricketer on November 15 with journalist George Dobell.

Asked if Dobell had pressured him, Rashid said, "No, I was not pressured."

Vaughan is one of seven individuals charged by the ECB but is the only one expected to attend the CDC hearing. He has denied the allegations.

During Rashid's cross-examination, the England spinner was quizzed over the exact wording allegedly used by Vaughan over whether it was "there's too many of you lot, we need to have a word about that" or "there's too many of you lot, we need to do something about that", the Yorkshire player was adamant over what he had heard.

"I have a very clear recollection actually," Rashid said.

"I think you already know the words. There's too many of you lot.

"There's too many of you lot, you need to have a word, you need to do something about it. It is the phrase there are too many of you lot."

Rashid stated he was not offended by Vaughan's alleged comments but took them as "bad humour" on June 22, 2009.

ECB lawyer Jane Mulcahy KC opened proceedings by saying the ECB contends Vaughan made the alleged comment and therefore "caused prejudice or disrepute to cricket".

Vaughan's lawyer Stoner said: "Mr Vaughan cannot recall precisely what he said but is clear the words used and in the context used are unacceptable.

"Mr Vaughan is adamant he did not use them.

"This panel will only have one contemporaneous document and one broadly contemporaneous document. The contemporaneous document is Sky footage where words are said to be spoken where the camera was close to players and broadcast.

"We say the entirety of that footage is inconsistent with anything untoward being said.

"The broadly contemporaneous document is Mr Vaughan's autobiography and the fact it makes reference to that game and that the four Asian players who played is the start of things to come and good for Yorkshire cricket.

"The alleged comment was not said at the time and including at the end of the game ... It was not in fact mentioned by anyone for a period of 11 years. Now 14 years after the event, it is word against word."