ECB agrees to a social media review of players, coaches and administrators

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12 Jun 2021 | 04:02 PM
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ECB agrees to a social media review of players, coaches and administrators

The board has cleared the path for disciplinary actions in the future, should they be required

In the aftermath of Ollie Robinson's tweet saga, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to a social media review to address any historical issues. Robinson's tweets which were racist and sexist in nature resulted in the suspension of the pacer pending an investigation. It has further led to a split in opinion where one side including the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's office terming the decision of the board to be harsh while the other has been in agreement to the action.

"The Board, therefore, agreed to the Executive’s recommendation for 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. The review will be collaborative and involve other individuals within cricket, including ECB administrators and coaches, as well as players," said the ECB in a statement.

A meeting of the ECB Board took place on Wednesday to address the emergence of historical social media content, shared by high-profile players within the game.

"The board was clear that this process would not prevent further disciplinary action in the future, should that be required, under the applicable processes, but it is hoped that the game can emerge from this difficult period stronger and determined to be more inclusive and welcoming to all," it added in the statement.

Ian Watmore, chair of the ECB, reiterated the organisation's commitments to diversity and inclusivity.

"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," Watmore said.

"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.

PCA chief executive, Rob Lynch, said: "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.

"Our commitment, as always in times like this is to ensure the ECB process is fair and considered and to offer support, advice, and education to all of our members."

Picture Credit: ECB website

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