England v New Zealand: Third Test has been sullied by the pain of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal

Confirmation on the eve of the season that Thursday’s Headingley Test had been saved was greeted with great joy in the Broad Acres. Yet the tiniest scratch beneath the surface reveals Yorkshire remain a deeply unhappy club.

Yes, the demands for a new board have been met in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal and the new regime have put on a positive face; the work of Ottis Gibson has been unceasing and Yorkshire have been competitive in four-day and Twenty20 cricket. But the last few days have seen a sea change.

In the wake of seven people, including former England captain Michael Vaughan, and the club being charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the ECB, David Willey — the club’s T20 captain — claimed the race row made being at the club ‘unsettling’ and that cricket is…

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