2: 20 PM ET
George DobellSenior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo
Essex captain Tom Westley has issued an apology on behalf of his crew following an incident at Lord’s which seen alcohol poured over a younger Muslim participant.
Essex lifted the Bob Willis Trophy on Sunday, triggering scenes of jubilation on the balcony of their dressing room at Lord’s. Amid the photos of these moments, Feroze Khushi, a 21-year-worn batsman who conducted four games within the crew stage of the match, is considered grimacing as beer is poured over his head by one more younger participant on the team. ESPNcricinfo has chosen to not title that participant or reward photos that would possibly per chance be deemed incriminating.
Whereas Essex released an announcement on Monday admitting the celebrations “did not meet the inclusive values” of the membership, they stopped rapid of offering an apology. Westley, on the quit of his first season as captain, has now corrected that and admitted the squad are “disappointed” they let the incident happen and clear to “be more responsible” in future.
“On behalf of myself and the crew, we would possibly per chance well fancy to apologise for any offence that used to be caused all over our celebrations at Lord’s on Sunday,” Westley said. “At Essex, we think we’ve built a ranking dressing-room custom that supports every other both on and off the discipline.
“As a crew, we’ve come collectively on the present time and discussed the match and searching back, we are disappointed that we let this happen.
“Bright ahead, the squad would possibly per chance be more responsible and privy to our actions and will continue to learn and construct with the support of the ECB and the PCA.”
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The incident came about at a time of great sensitivity against such problems within the game across the nation. Revelations from the likes of Michael Carberry, Azeem Rafiq, Michael Keeping and Ebony Rainford-Brent bear elevated awareness over the struggles of gamers from BAME communities within the English game and resulted in an acceptance that the sport has a prolonged scheme to inch in its lag against burly and equal inclusivity.
Whereas most observers, including these from the National Asian Cricket and the National Cricket League, agreed the incident at Lord’s used to be grounded more in lack of data than malice, this would possibly per chance bear performed nothing to persuade these from Muslim communities that the sport is welcoming against them.
Essex’s file in such areas is finest than most. No county squad comprises more gamers from a BAME background and the charge with which they produced an announcement on Monday when in contrast favourably with Yorkshire’s reluctance to comment following Rafiq’s allegations. Westley’s extra feedback underline the affect the membership are clear to spend the incident as a learning trip in their portray to enhance their commitment against inclusivity.
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