ECB to probe historical tweets of more English players

Number of current England cricket teams are under the spotlight after their tweets from years ago resurfaced on social media.

This comes days after Right-arm fast-bowler Ollie Robinson was suspended from international cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board over his racist and sexist tweets. Robinson’s tweets, which he posted nine years ago when he was 18, resurfaced when he was playing NZ at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium on his debut.

James Anderson’s old tweets calling his fellow pacer Stuart Broad “a 15-year-old lesbian” were the first to come out in public. Later, fans found out that England captain Eoin Morgan and vice-captain Jos Buttler also mocked Indians on Twitter a few years ago.

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This sparked a series of outrage on social media after which the ECB affirmed that it is looking into the matter.

“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.

“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.”