The ECB’s investigation into alleged racist statements on social media by several of England’s players is a “witch hunt” that must end, according to former captain Michael Vaughan.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is investigating white-ball captain Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler after their comments disparaging Indians appeared on social media on Wednesday.
“No one appeared outraged at the time of Morgan’s, Buttler’s, and Anderson’s tweets, but it’s remarkable how offensive they now look a few years later!!!!!! To put it mildly, it’s ludicrous… The witch hunt has begun, but it must come to an end,” Vaughan said on Twitter.
The images, in which Buttler and Morgan mocked the Indians by using the word “sir,” went viral after the ECB punished bowler Ollie Robinson for some abusive tweets he sent between 2012 and 2013. “Screenshots have also been shared of a message by Buttler in which he says ‘I always reply sir no one else like me like you like me,’ and, separately, Morgan includes Buttler in a message that reads, ‘Sir you’re my favorite batsman,’” according to a newspaper.
A bigoted tweet from experienced pacer James Anderson from 2010 has also surfaced. The ECB has committed to take “relevant and appropriate measures,” noting that each case would be assessed on its own merits.
Both Buttler and Morgan play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the former for the Rajasthan Royals and the latter for the Kolkata Knight Riders.