Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, has slammed at Jonathan Trott’s claims as an attack on his integrity. In his autobiography, Trott said that Vaughan had targeted him in a column for The Telegraphy for quitting the 2013-14 Ashes series midway due to a “stress-related illness” but not the likes of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, and Ben Stokes since they were all associated with sports management agency ISM, an organization that Vaughan.
In the column two years ago, Vaughan had written that he felt “a little bit conned” about Trott’s condition following his withdrawal midway through the series. “We were allowed to believe he was struggling with a serious mental health issue and treated him with sensitivity and sympathy. He was obviously not in a great place but he was struggling for cricketing reasons and not mental, and there is a massive difference,” Vaughan wrote.
Trott now mentioned in his autobiography that he was shocked that BBC and TheTelegraphy continued to use him as a pundit despite the possibility of ‘conflict of interest.”
“If I was out of the way and Vaughan’s scorn for my condition made it quite clear that he thought I should be banished forever – might there be more room in the side for the likes of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow … Scott Borthwick and Ben Stokes?” Trott wrote. “Only Michael Vaughan can tell you for sure whether he was influenced by that relationship.”
Vaughan respondent to these claims with a statement on twitter on Thursday where he claimed that he was just a client of ISM while writing the column.
“At the time of writing that article, I held no role with ISM other than being a client of ISM,” Vaughan said. “The cricketers named, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes, are ranked and widely regarded as amongst the very best in the world in their respective disciplines.
“It is wholly wrong and entirely false to suggest that any comments I have made concerning professional cricketers are anything other than my genuinely held, honest opinions.”
The 41-year old also mentioned that his legal team is in touch with the Times following the publication of the excerpt. “Criticism of my opinions, my actions, and even personal criticisms are all fair game, but I will not accept any attack on my honesty or my integrity,” he said. “Nor will I accept accusations that I set out to positively damage the career of any professional. My solicitors have today written to the Times concerning the inaccuracy of the article.”
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— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 22, 2016