Former England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has described the “blacklisting” of Michael Vaughan by the BBC as “unethical”, adding that it is “a classic case of someone being tried and convicted without any form of due process”.

Panesar’s comments come after Vaughan was removed from the BBC’s coverage of the upcoming Ashes, after he was named in Yorkshire’s report into racism at the club, sparked by allegations made by Azeem Rafiq. Rafiq claims that Vaughan told four Yorkshire players of Asian heritage, “There’s too many of you lot. We need to do something about it.” Vaughan denies the claim, but Adil Rashid and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan have supported Rafiq’s version of events.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Panesar, who took 62 wickets in 18 Test matches under Vaughan’s England captaincy, said he did not believe that the former batter was a racist, adding that he “only experienced positive things with him”.