The controversy surrounding the debutant pacer Ollie Robinson caused havoc in the England cricket fraternity. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended Robinson after his racist and offensive tweets regarding Asians, Muslims and women went viral on social media. After Ollie’s Robinson, the cricket fans started digging old tweets by other English cricketers and the social media has been flooded with the offensive tweets made by English cricketers in the past.
The new addition to the list is England’s white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. ECB has received screenshots of the tweets made by Morgan and Buttler where they can be seen mocking Indians by using the word ‘sir’. The tweets date back to 2012-13.
“Screenshots have also been shared of a message by Buttler in which he says “I always reply sir no1 else like me like you like me’ and, separately, Morgan includes Buttler in a message which says, “Sir you’re my favourite batsman”,” according to a report in the Telegraph.co.uk.
“Although there are questions over the precise context of the tweets, they were written at a time when Buttler and Morgan were established England players and have cause offence on social media,” the report added.
Meanwhile, ECB has assured that they will carry out a proper investigation on the offensive tweets made by the players. The England board isn’t in a mood to spare any individual as they claimed that each case will be considered on an individual basis.
“Since we were alerted to offensive tweets last week, a number of historical social media posts by other individuals have been questioned publicly as well,” an ECB spokesperson said on Tuesday.
“There is no place for discrimination in our sport, and we are committed to taking relevant and appropriate action where required. Each case will be considered on an individual basis, looking at all the facts. We will assess cases with the ECB Board before making further statements,” he added.