All three vehemently deny the allegations.
These allegations are related to those made by Rafiq. According to the ECB, in an initial response to the allegations, Hoggard, who withdrew from the process in February, admitted he had used the terms “Rafa the K***” and “p***”. But denied racist or discriminatory intent. He could not recall the exact occasions when he had used the terms. Hoggard was also accused of using “You Lot” in reference to Rafiq and other players of Asian descent, but denied any racist intent. As a result, Hoggard partially pleaded guilty to breaching ECB Directive 3.3 – on bias and discrimination.
The charges against Bresnan are based on his alleged use of the term “The Brothers” when referring to ethnic minority players as “you lot” and “foot p***”. All this is said to have happened between 2009 and 2018. In his initial response to the ECB, Bresnan denied the breach, admitting that he had used the first two terms but not in a way that breached Directive 3.3. In this response, Bresnan refused to use the third term altogether.
Former Scotland cricketer Blaine was accused of using the term “p***” during pre-season training at Headingley in April 2010 and on other occasions in Yorkshire in 2010-11. Bullion denied these incidents in his initial response to the ECB. In its evidence, the ECB again referred to the SPB report which it said upheld the allegation that Blaine used the term “p***” against Rafiq.
As a result of the absences, the first day was uneventful. ECB lead counsel Jane Mulcahy KC will outline the board’s case against each defendant, with a few witnesses – including Rafiq – called and only asked to confirm their witness statements are true and authentic. The panel, after reading these statements, asked no questions and since the defendants did not appear, there was no questioner.
That will change Thursday with the expected appearance of Vaughn, just one of six people charged to appear. Vaughan is accused of saying “there are too many of you” to four Asian-born or Asian players in the Yorkshire team at the start of a T20 match in June 2009. He has denied the allegation.
However, the ECB took the opportunity to “correct several misrepresentations” about the disciplinary process, in light of the defendants’ withdrawal. Pera said he was not questioned by the ECB over the allegations, which the ECB said were “false”. He had a detailed discussion with him on this matter. Similarly, he refuted Bresnan’s claims by pointing to a transcript of an interview with the ECB that he was accused of not speaking to.
“The absent respondents have, in these proceedings and publicly, referred to Mr. Rafiq’s allegations, which were not adequately challenged,” Mulcahy said. “Of course, by withdrawing from these proceedings, the respondents have denied themselves the opportunity to challenge Mr. Rafiq’s allegations.”
The hearing is expected to end on Tuesday next week, although the CDC’s decision is expected at a later date.
Usman Samiuddin is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo.