The racism subject in English cricket has apparently taken an Indian flip within the wake of the Ollie Robinson controversy. The English cricket hierarchy is reportedly investigating extra historic social media posts, and in addition messages from Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan put out in 2017 and 2018, allegedly mimicking Indians.
Morgan is England’s limited-overs captain and he additionally leads Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. Buttler, other than being England’s No. 1 wicketkeeper-batsman, can be a star participant for Rajasthan Royals. Brendon McCullum, the present KKR head coach, was concerned within the sequence as properly, quoting one in every of Buttler’s tweets and submitting a put up.
One other England participant from the present set-up is beneath the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) probe after Wisden unearthed a tweet, publishing its content material however not disclosing the title of the cricketer, as he was beneath 16 years of age on the time.
Buttler and Morgan’s tweets
As reported by The Telegraph (London), the ECB is investigating the previous tweets from Buttler and Morgan that appeared to have mimicked Indians by tweeting utilizing “Sir”. As per the screenshots, on 09/08/2017, Buttler wrote on Twitter, replying to @AlexHales1, @TrentBridge and @BrettAH26: “Effectively performed on double 100 a lot magnificence batting you’re on fireplace sir”. It was adopted by: “I at all times reply sir no1 else like me like u”. On Might 13, 2018 Morgan wrote: “Sir you’re my favorite batsman @josbuttler”. McCullum quoted that tweet with a put up: “@josbuttler Sir, you play superb Opening batting.”
Future plan of action
After suspending Robinson, “pending the result of a disciplinary investigation”, for his offensive/abusive tweets posted eight and 9 years in the past, the ECB has initiated a crackdown on cricketers’ social media use. Accordingly, Buttler and Morgan’s Twitter posts might be investigated to resolve if any motion must be taken.
Even quick bowler James Anderson has been dragged right into a Twitter controversy, as The Telegraph reported a few tweet from 2010, allegedly homophobic in nature, throughout a dialog along with his team-mate and new-ball accomplice Stuart Broad.”I noticed Broady’s new haircut for the primary time at the moment. Undecided about it. Thought he regarded like a 15 yr outdated lesbian!” Anderson wrote.
On Tuesday, Anderson spoke concerning the nervousness within the England squad with regards to what would come subsequent on the heels of the Robinson subject. On the identical time, he mentioned that the workforce has accepted the latter’s apology.
Holding requires perspective
Former West Indies quick bowler Michael Holding has known as for perspective in judging Robinson’s case and punishing the participant.
“[It was] eight, 9 years in the past. Can the ECB then discover out please, if past that point, Robinson has saved on behaving like that, saying issues like that, tweeting issues like that?” Holding advised Sky Sports activities News. He added: “If he has performed one thing like that 9 years in the past, and since then he has learnt and he has performed nothing like that and he has modified his methods in recent times, then I don’t assume it is best to come down too exhausting on him.”