Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon has branded outspoken Sky Sports pundit Bob Willis as being “anti-Yorkshire”.
Former England captain Willis, known for his forthright views on Test highlights programme The Verdict, honed in Adil Rashid and Jonny Bairstow in the wake of England’s 2-0 series defeat to Pakistan in the UAE last week, calling Rashid “useless” and describing Bairstow as a “rabbit in the headlights”.
Moxon, himself a former England international, insists the criticism is uncalled for and has been forced to switch off.
He told the Yorkshire Post: “I think the criticism is brutal. I just can’t watch it any more, to be honest.
“I don’t care what people say about trying to ignore criticism, but it’s very difficult when you have things like that. It’s bound to have an effect.
“There’s been criticism flying around in various quarters, and I think Willis is anti-Yorkshire, I’ll be honest.
“Any chance he gets to have a dig, he will.”