Cricket Australia is badly disappointed by how some Australian players mocked non-English speaking cricket fans on their comments on Instagram.
Some Australian cricketers are to be sanctioned upon mocking non-English speaking cricket fans on Jake Fraser-McGurk’s post on Instagram. The 16-year-old’s post was a picture of himself batting on the field in which he captioned, ‘Quarter Finals here we come’. The picture was posted right after Australia won over England in a qualifying match for the U-19 World Cup Quarter Finals.
The post had nothing offensive about it until Fraser-McGurk’s teammates on the U-19 Squad started commenting on his posts. Oliver Davies commented on the post by saying, ‘Sir great player, big fan and will play for India one day’. Other players like Liam Scott, Lachlan Hearne, Tanveer Sangha, and Sam Fanning also followed along by making some snide remarks.
The comments reached the board’s integrity chief Sean Caroll who shared his disappointment over the team’s inappropriate language on social media. The incident had been immediately reported to the ICC when it caught their attention.
With that, the players expressed their sincere apologies and had deleted their comments on Fraser-McGurk’s post. However, the said players who commented on the post are to be sanctioned upon their return from South Africa. The scope of their sanction will include cultural sensitivity training to cover the issue.
The Australian U-19 squad qualified for the ICC’s U-19 World Cup Quarter Finals upon their victory. To know more about the ICC, head over to Betwala.
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