Friday 11 July 2008 

Yorkshire To Appeal ECB Twenty20 Cup Decision

Yorkshire have confirmed that they will be appealing against the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to expel them from the 2008 Twenty20 Cup after they fielded an ineligible player.

Yorkshire's quarter-final against Durham was postponed due to the error, which saw unregistered off-spinner Azeem Rafiq play against Nottinghamshire, who have been reinstated at Yorkshire's expense.

"Further to a Board meeting of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club this morning, the Club have confirmed to the ECB that they will be appealing against the decision to exclude the Club from this year’s Twenty20 Cup Competition," a statement from the club read.

It continued: "The Club feel that the punishment is manifestly disproportionate to the offence and as such feels duty-bound on behalf of its players, members and staff to lodge an appeal. It is understood that the Appeal will be heard on Monday 14th July at 2.30 pm in Taunton, Somerset."

The ECB later confirmed that David Gabbitass will chair the hearing, with Chris Tickle, Alan Wadey, Mike Smith and Cliff Pocock making up the rest of the appeal panel.

Durham, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, or Glamorgan will play Middlesex in the Twenty20 Cup's second semi-final after Kent play Essex at Finals Day at The Rose Bowl on July 26th.

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