Under fire Andrew Gale involved in Yorkshire’s youth development

Suspended Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale’s youth development role comes under the microscope after the county was accused of woefully under-representing the Asian community

  • Andrew Gale was suspended as Yorkshire Cricket Club’s head coach last week 
  • Gale is currently suspended by the county over an historic anti-semitic tweet
  • He came under mounting pressure following strong criticism from Azeem Rafiq
  • Gale is a director at Pro Coach, which helps bring through the next generation 











Andrew Gale, suspended as Yorkshire’s head coach and under mounting pressure following Tuesday’s DCMS hearing, has been involved in bringing through the next generation of talent at a county accused of woefully under-representing the Asian community.

Azeem Rafiq, who has labelled Yorkshire ‘institutionally racist’ and highlighted the lack of British Asians in the first team, has been heavily critical of Gale, accusing him of racist abuse. 

Gale’s online LinkedIn profile lists him as a director at Pro Coach, which has offices at Headingley’s indoor school, since 2014. 

The role of Andrew Gale – currently suspended by Yorkshire over an historic anti-semitic tweet – with Pro Coach is being scrutinised

The Pro Coach website states that the organisation’s ‘close relationship with Yorkshire has led to us providing the administration and coaching delivery for the first rung on the pathways development ladder’.

This effectively hands the company responsibility for bringing through Yorkshire’s next generation of young talent. The county’s website also trumpets Pro Coach’s involvement.

A statement from Pro Coach said: ‘Pro Coach oversees the administration for the Yorkshire Cricket Board’s winter training programme. 

‘All decisions involving the elite player pathway are managed through Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

‘Andrew Gale is a director at Pro Coach but is currently not involved in the business.’

Azeem Rafiq (pictured) has been heavily critical of Gale and has accused him of racist abuse

Azeem Rafiq (pictured) has been heavily critical of Gale and has accused him of racist abuse

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