Lord Patel in firing line before crunch Yorkshire CCC meeting on Thursday


Lord Patel in firing line before crunch Yorkshire CCC meeting on Thursday – as lawyer accuses board of treating 4,000 members with voting rights in a manner tantamount to ‘blackmail’

  • A lawyer has accused Yorkshire of holding a gun to the heads of members 
  • Anthony Sugare claims the way the 4,000 members with voting rights have been treated since Lord Patel was made acting chair is tantamount to blackmail
  • In response to Yorkshire’s mishandling of Azeem Rafiq’s accusations of racism, the club must meet ECB demands for governance reform by Thursday night
  • Sugare says Patel’s sacking of 16 staff before Christmas was ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’ 

A leading lawyer has accused Yorkshire of holding a gun to the heads of members ahead of a crucial vote on Thursday evening.

Anthony Sugare, of Leeds-based solicitors Sugare & Co, has written to the club claiming the way the 4,000 members with voting rights have been treated since Lord Patel was made acting chair last November is tantamount to blackmail.

In response to Yorkshire’s mishandling of Azeem Rafiq’s accusations of racism, the club must meet ECB demands for governance reform by Thursday night to retain this summer’s England matches, the revenue from which is essential to the club’s survival. 

Acting Yorkshire Chair Lord Patel is in firing line before a crunch meeting on Thursday

A lawyer has accused the board at Headingley of treating 4,000 members with voting rights in a manner tantamount to blackmail

A lawyer has accused the board at Headingley of treating 4,000 members with voting rights in a manner tantamount to blackmail

But in the letter seen by Sportsmail, Sugare says Patel’s sacking of 16 staff before Christmas was ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’.

He continued: ‘The various communications we have received from the club…are almost equivalent to “blackmail” because members are supposed to vote for those resolutions or face losing international gate receipts, which could then plunge the club into bankruptcy. 

‘Putting a pistol to the members’ heads is what immediately comes to mind.’

Those members are on Thursday evening being asked to accept Patel on to the board. 

Without such a motion being passed, the validity of Patel’s actions since November 5 would be in doubt, potentially leaving him liable for a seven-figure sum for acting as a board member without formal authority.

 

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