London: Yorkshire's Australian coach Jason Gillespie has risked the wrath of his English county's sponsors by claiming the "disgusting" dairy industry should be shut down.

Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie

Yorkshire are sponsored by Wensleydale Creamery, but that hasn't dissuaded Gillespie, who is a vegan, from revealing his opposition to the business.

The 41-year-old former Australia pace bowler, who has led his team to two County Championship titles, made it clear he is prepared to stand by his opinions in an interview with the Yorkshire Post yesterday.

Asked about any possible conflict with the company whose logo appears on Yorkshire's shirts, he said: "Yes, they are a sponsor. But it doesn't mean I agree with what they do.

"My wife and I often talk about it, because she's vegan as well. We treat animals like s**t and in my opinion there's no justification for that. It's cruel and it's speciesism at its worst and I don't want to be part of it. I hope one day the dairy industry can be shut down."