Defending under-fire cricketers Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, and James Anderson over the historical social media posts made by the English cricketers, former England skipper Michael Vaughan has demanded an end to the alleged 'witch hunt' of the star players. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has vowed to take relevant and appropriate action after historical tweets shared by England cricketers sparked a huge uproar on social media.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Vaughan expressed his disappointment over how old tweets of Morgan and Co. allegedly mocking Indian fans have come back to haunt the England cricketers. At a time when England stars are facing the heat over alleged 'mocking' of Indians on social media, Vaughan has opined that the 'witch hunt' needs to be stopped.
"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," Vaughan tweeted.
On Thursday, speed merchant Ollie Robinson was ruled out of the Three Lions' Test side after the Englishman's historical tweets resurfaced following his debut at the Lord's Cricket Stadium against Kane Williamson-led New Zealand. Despite an impressive Test debut against New Zealand, Robinson's international career has been put on hold over the historical racist and sexist tweets.
Vaughan, who is known for his cricketing analysis post his retirement from international cricket, had earlier said that the ECB has dealt with the Robinson Twitter row in a fair manner. Vaughan had also backed the Englishman to play against Team India in the upcoming series.
"I think the ECB have dealt with the Ollie Robinson situation in a fair way .. many will disagree .. but hearing some say he should never play again is utterly ridiculous .. he will play against India & should," Vaughan had said. After the final of the ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand, the Virat Kohli-led side will play a five-match Test series in England.