Will Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler's racist remarks against Indians impact their IPL 2021 participation?
England has been rocked lately after being revealed that some of its players had previously indulged in racism. While Ollie Robinson has been suspended, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler remain under the cloud. However, will it impact their IPL 2021 participation?
England continues to remain in the bad books of cricketing fans of late for some of its player's alleged involvement in racism in the past. This week, pacer Ollie Robinson was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board over his past racist tweets.
Although ECB continues its investigation against Robinson, reports emerged that even English ODI skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler happened to be a part of the same. While the duo is yet to be suspended by the ECB, investigations have probably begun against them too.
Meanwhile, Morgan and Buttler happen to be top players and also feature in the Indian Premier League. While Morgan leads Kolkata Knight Riders, Buttler represents Rajasthan Royals, as IPL 2021 currently remains suspended due to the COVID bubble breach. However, if the allegations against the duo prove to be accurate, will it affect their IPL 2021 participation?
"KKR and RR will be in a fix as these are players earning from Indian Premier League and as late as 2017 were making fun of how Indians speak English. Now you can be dismissive of these posts, but this also speaks about what their general perception about Indians is. It's tricky terrain, but both KKR and Royals have a way out," a trusted BCCI source was quoted as saying to PTI.
"Firstly, if Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Badale are mindful of their respective franchises' image, a statement of apology from both Morgan and Buttler would suffice. Now, with ECB not allowing them for the second phase of IPL due to their own commitments, the suspension would count for very little. You are suspending players who are not coming for the second phase. It will be mere posturing," he added.
Meanwhile, former English skipper Michael Vaughan feels that ECB should stop the "witch hunt" against players regarding their past racist tweets. "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," he said in a tweet.
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