Probe Into England Cricketers' Old Tweets Is A Witch Hunt, Says Michael Vaughan
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Probe Into England Cricketers’ Old Tweets Is A Witch Hunt, Says Michael Vaughan

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23: Michael Vaughan of the BBC commentary team laughs as he waits to speak on air before play on day one of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 23, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Vaughan, former England skipper tweeted that the probe into England cricketers’ old tweets is a “witch hunt” that must stop, as the ECB investigates alleged racist remarks on social media by many of its cricketers.

After Ollie Robinson’s fiasco, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler are under investigation by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over their tweets mocking Indians.

Eoin Morgan (L) and Jos Buttler during the 2019 World Cup. (Getty Images)
Eoin Morgan (L) and Jos Buttler during the 2019 World Cup. (Getty Images)

Michael Vaughan: None At The Time Of Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler And James Anderson’s Tweets Seemed Offended At The Time They Tweeted

The country’s white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler are under investigation by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after their tweets, mocking Indians, surfaced on social media on Wednesday.

The probe into England cricketers’ old tweets is a “witch hunt” that must stop, says former skipper Michael Vaughan as the ECB investigates alleged racist remarks on social media by many of its cricketers.

James Anderson, who became England’s most-capped Test player, said the squad is anxious about what could come out next. He is also under the scanner for a sexist tweet made in jest for pace bowling teammate Stuart Broad in 2010.

Michael Vaughan thinks the ECB has dealt with the Ollie Robinson situation in a fair way, but hearing some say he should never play again is utterly ridiculous as Michael Vaughan feels he should play against India.

“No one at the time of Morgan’s, Buttler’s & Anderson’s tweets seemed offended at the time they tweeted but it’s amazing how they now seem offensive a few years later !!!!!! Utterly ridiculous … The witch hunt has started but has to stop,” Michael Vaughan tweeted.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan

The posts, in which Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan used the word ‘sir’ to mock the Indians, started doing the rounds on social media after the ECB suspended pacer Ollie Robinson for some of his offensive tweets dating back to 2012-13. A homophobic tweet dating back to 2010 from veteran pacer James Anderson has also emerged. The ECB has promised “relevant and appropriate action”, saying each case will be considered on an individual basis.

According to a report, Screenshots have also been shared of a message by Jos Buttler in which he says ‘I always reply sir no1 else like me like you like me’ and, separately, Eoin Morgan includes Jos Buttler in a message which says, ‘Sir you’re my favourite batsman’.

Eoin Morgan Leads Kolkata Knight Riders While Jos Buttler Is A Vital Member Of Rajasthan Royals In IPL 2021

Jos Buttler and Eoin 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.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Despite a star-studded squad, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have had a torrid first half of the IPL 2021, losing 5 out 7 matches, and languishing at the 7th place on the points table, just a couple of points above Sunrisers Hyderabad. Captain Eoin Morgan and coach Brendon McCullum have been criticized for some of the tactics in the field and with the batting order.
Eoin Morgan had scored only 92 runs in 7 games averaging a mere 15.33 with the bat in IPL 2021 before its indefinite postponement and Jos Buttler managed 254 runs averaging 36.28 with a ton in IPL 2021 in 7 games playing for RR.
Ollie Robinson was on Sunday suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following the tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.