Eoin Morgan and Jose Butler, who have not played the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, could save them from bans from respective franchises Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals for alleged racist tweets about Indians in 2017. England and Wales Cricket Board has suspended fast bowler Ally Robinson for making racist tweets about the Muslim community and the people of Asia. After Robinson’s suspension, Butler and Morgan’s tweets, which use the word ‘sir’ to mock Indians, have also spread on social media.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) will resume on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates. Commenting on the condition of anonymity, a senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, “Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals are making fun of the Indian players because they are making money from the IPL and they are doing it in 2017. Now you can ignore these posts, but this is what their common perception about Indians is. It’s a tricky thing but KKR and Rajasthan Royals have a way to get out of it. “
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According to the report, “screenshots of a tweet from Butler were shared, in which he said,” I always answer sir, nobody likes you, me and Morgan Butler in the message. ” Originally working as a BCCI official from the very first stage of the IPL, unconditional apology is fine but the board and franchise should not be dragged beyond it.
“First of all, if Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Badale focus on their portrayal of the franchise, an apology from both Morgan and Butler is sufficient. “Now that the ECB’s commitments are not allowing them to participate in the second phase of the IPL, then the suspension doesn’t make much sense,” he said. If you are suspending players who don’t play for the second level, it’s just cheating. “
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Many at BCCI think it is wise not to go down to the bar’s hive, as some YouTube videos of some players may be criticizing or responding to others, which can now go public. It is easy to suspend Morgan as the franchise is likely to earn the top four in the remaining IPL to be played in the UAE from September 19 to October 15. While McCallum’s case is complicated, he may need to apologize and it will be interesting to see if the KKR administration is comfortable sitting down with him for the rest of the tournament.