Ex-Yorkshire chair Colin Graves’ return to the membership could be “a catastrophe”, says a member of the Tradition, Media and Sport (CMS) choose committee.
Graves has revealed his possession provide was accepted and his consortium is in unique negotiations till 5 January.
The 75-year-old was chairman from 2012 to 2015, a part of the interval Yorkshire was fined for failing to address the systemic use of racist or discriminatory language.
Clive Efford MP mentioned he felt “astonishment” on the “backward step”.
“This isn’t the way in which ahead for cricket or Yorkshire. I hope the ECB recognises that and takes motion,” he advised the BBC.
If negotiations are profitable, Graves is about for a controversial return if membership members vote for his deal at a rare common assembly.
In additional feedback to the Press Affiliation, Efford mentioned the transfer was “a catastrophe for cricket if the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) permit it to occur”.
Graves has been approached for remark, whereas each Yorkshire and the ECB declined to remark.
In 2021, Efford and different MPs on the committee heard emotional testimony from former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq concerning the racism he skilled on the county.
Final yr, five ex-Yorkshire players found to have used racist language had been sanctioned with fines and bans by the Cricket Self-discipline Fee.
The ECB initially withdrew Yorkshire’s right to stage lucrative international matches at Headingley over their dealing with of the scandal, and solely reinstated it after main governance adjustments had been enacted.
“I supported Yorkshire not being stripped of the Ashes Take a look at match on the idea that they’d taken main steps and appeared decided to maneuver ahead, however clearly I used to be mistaken,” Efford mentioned.
Final yr, the ECB criticised Graves for suggesting incidents of racism on the county had been “banter”.
Graves, who was additionally chairman of the ECB itself between 2015 and 2020, mentioned no racism allegations had been raised to him throughout his three years in cost on the county. The ECB on the time mentioned it was “dissatisfied” along with his feedback.
Yorkshire was additionally important of Graves final yr after he withdrew an earlier bid to return to the role of chairman.
The county has been searching for recent funding since shedding a big variety of sponsors over their dealing with of the racism scandal, whereas in addition they needed to agree compensation packages with sacked employees who received claims for unfair dismissal.
Final yr, chief govt Stephen Vaughan mentioned the membership had a £3.5m shortfall and a have to repay £14.9m to the household belief owned by Graves, considered one of its main collectors.
Final week the membership’s administration advised employees that they had been “severely contemplating” the cope with Graves, having beforehand been linked with a rescue package deal from retail billionaire and former Newcastle United proprietor Mike Ashley. It’s anticipated that Graves could be reinstated as chairman.
The BBC additionally understands that Graves intends to nominate two former ECB executives – Sanjay Patel, former managing director of The Hundred, and Sanjeev Gandhi – to an overhauled Yorkshire board if the takeover is accomplished.
Nonetheless, Labour peer Lord John Mann, a former Yorkshire MP who tried to seek out traders for the membership, has claimed its administration rejected alternate options.
He mentioned: “The board of Yorkshire cricket membership refused to speak to the three individuals I supplied who all supplied different routes by means of their monetary issues. Not turned them down, however would not even discuss to them.”
There has additionally been assist for the prospect of Graves’ return.
Robin Smith, one other former Yorkshire chair, advised PA: “Colin Graves’ consortium’s proposal for Yorkshire comes from individuals of integrity and related expertise.
“It’s effectively able to restoring desperately wanted confidence amongst Yorkshire members and the broader public and it deserves assist. I’m assured that it’ll get it.”