U-19 World Cup: Australian cricketers in trouble after posts taunting non-English speakers

A bunch of U-19 Australia cricketers who are part of their squad at the ongoing World Cup in South Africa have created a stir by using “inappropriate language” aimed at ridiculing non-native English speakers on social media.

Comments to an Instagram post shared by one of the Australia U-19 cricketers, Jake Fraser-McGurk were seemingly poking fun at fans from the sub-continent, which is known for its massive following for the sport.

Several U-19 cricketers from the Australian team, including top-order batsman Sam Fanning, Oliver Davies, Liam Scott and Tanveer Sangha, posted comments that the Cricket Australia has found “inappropriate”.

The sarcastic comments were aimed at making fun of the non-English speakers who often comment on the young cricketers’ posts.

It all began when Fraser-McGurk took to Instagram to share his excitement at Australia reaching the U-19 World Cup quarter-finals.

“Quarter Finals here we come,” Fraser-McGurk wrote.

“Sir, give me whatsapp number I want to be friend,” Liam Scott had commented.

“You hit ball very hard sir,” Tanveer Sangha had written.

Cricket Australia integrity chief Sean Carroll said the governing body of cricket in the country came to know about the incident only on Wednesday.

Carroll said Cricket Australia are “extremely disappointed” with the cricketers’ behaviour and the board will consider sanctions upon their return from South Africa.

“We are extremely disappointed that some of the Australian under-19 squad members have used inappropriate language in posts on social media, which we reported to the ICC as soon as it came to our attention,” Carroll told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

“Some of that language could be interpreted as ridiculing non-native English language speakers.

“I have spoken to the players this morning and expressed in no uncertain terms that such language has no place in society and falls well short of the standards we expect as Australian cricketers.

“The players have apologised for the language and have taken down the posts.

“Cricket Australia will consider sanctions upon their return home from South Africa, which will include but not be limited to education and cultural sensitivity training.”

Notably, Australia U-19 team’s chances of winning the World Cup came to an end after they were handed a 74-run defeat by defending champions India in the quarter-final on Tuesday.


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