Morgan, Buttler under investigation for alleged racist remarks
Eoin Morgan during a press conference. (Reuters/Paul Childs)
ENGLAND’S limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler are under investigation by the country’s cricket board after their alleged racist tweets, mocking Indians, surfaced on the social media.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has promised “relevant and appropriate action”, saying each case will be handled on an individual basis.
The posts, in which Buttler and Morgan used the word ‘sir’ to mock the Indians, started doing the rounds on social media after the ECB suspended pacer Ollie Robinson for his offensive tweets dating 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.
Buttler and Morgan both feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the former playing for the Rajasthan Royals and the latter leading the Kolkata Knight Riders.
“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 caused offence on social media,” the report added.
The ECB said the matter will be dealt in an appropriate manner.
A homophobic tweet dating back to 2010 from veteran pacer James Anderson has also emerged
“For me it’s 10-11 years ago, I’ve certainly changed as a person. And I think that’s the difficulty, things do change, you do make mistakes,” Anderson told the British media.
Anderson, who will become England’s most capped Test player if he plays in the second Test against New Zealand on Thursday, said the squad is anxious about what could come out next.