Here's what ECB has announced in its social media review of historic posts
England and Wales Cricket Board has been reviewing several English players' historical social media posts in the wake of Ollie Robinson, who was suspended for posting racist tweets in the past. Here's what ECB said after a review.
English cricket continues to be in the headlines following the emergence of the news that several English players have been involved in posting racist social media posts in the past. The England and Wales Cricket Board has been conducting a thorough investigation on the same.
It all started after pacer Ollie Robinson was found to have done the same seven to eight years back. Later, senior players like Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, and James Anderson were also investigated.
As ECB continued its investigation, it also came up with a social media review to "address any historical issues, remind individuals of their personal responsibilities going forward, and help them learn lessons along the way". A statement from the ECB read that the board would work with various organisations on the same. Although there could be disciplinary actions against the player/s, the priority would be to educate them, reports ESPNCricinfo.
"Making cricket a game for everyone is central to the game's Inspiring Generations strategy. Celebrating our many brilliant role models in men's, women's and disability cricket is essential to that aim, and the right use of social media is a critical means for achieving it," said Ian Watmore, ECB chairperson.
"As the National Governing Body, we must steer a path between helping individuals project an inclusive image, educating them on what is expected of them and allowing them the space to express themselves to the public. We must also investigate their actions and sanction them when they fall short," he added.
Watmore was supported by the CEO of Professional Cricketers' Assicuatuon, Rob Lynch, who noted, "We are committed to working with our members and the ECB on further education and there is always more that we can do. We will consult with our members and work with the ECB to develop terms of reference for a social media review, which in turn, will lead to better insight and an opportunity to improve."
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