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Michael Vaughan on investigation into old tweets from England players: The witch hunt has to stop

Michael Vaughan said that “it’s amazing” how the tweets seem offensive now while they caused no problem when they were originally made.

Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler allegedly made fun of Indians in old tweets that surfaced in the wake of fast bowler Ollie Robinson being suspended for his old posts.

Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler allegedly made fun of Indians in old tweets that surfaced in the wake of fast bowler Ollie Robinson being suspended for his old posts. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vaughan said that the ECB investigating players for their old tweets is “utterly ridiculous”
  • Morgan and Buttler are under investigation for alleged tweets mocking Indians
  • Anderson has also been alleged to have posted a homophobic tweet in 2010

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said on Thursday that the probe into cricketers’ old tweets is a “witch hunt” that must stop.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is investigating the country’s white-ball captain Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler after their tweets mocking Indians surfaced on social media on Wednesday. England’s all-time highest Test wicket-taker James Anderson has also been alleged to have posted a homophobic tweet in 2010.

“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,” Vaughan tweeted.

The posts, in which Buttler and Morgan used the word ‘sir’ to mock the Indians, surfaced in the wake of ECB suspending fast bowler Ollie Robinson for some of 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.

The ECB has promised “relevant and appropriate action“, saying each case will be considered on an individual basis.

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has also been accused of mocking Indians with the alleged tweets coming from a social media conversation that he had with Morgan and Buttler.

McCullum is the coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) while Morgan is the team’s captain. Buttler plays for the Rajasthan Royals.

KKR CEO Venky Mysore made it clear that while there is no room for any sort of discrimination within the team, the franchise doesn’t have full knowledge in the matter and would only take any action after the ECB concludes its investigation.

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