Dom Bess's Old Post Mocking India's National Anthem & MS Dhoni Surfaces Amid Larger Row
Ahead of the 2nd Test vs NZ, England's off-spinner Dom Bess's Instagram posts allegedly mocking India's National Anthem and MS Dhoni have gone viral on Twitter
Following the suspension of Ollie Robinson from International cricket over his old racist and sexist Tweets, the English cricketers have come under the scanner of social media. Now, England's off-spinner Dom Bess's Instagram posts allegedly mocking India's National Anthem and MS Dhoni have gone viral. After Ollie Robinson's suspension many English cricketers including Eoin Morgan, James Anderson, and Jos Buttler mocking Indians also went viral.
Dom Bess allegedly mocked India's National Anthem and MS Dhoni
As the England Cricket Board (ECB) has assured to investigate and take action against players for their offensive tweets, Dom Bess's old Instagram post mocking India's National Anthem has angered the netizens on social media. The picture shared by the social media users on Instagram is of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy when India toured England to participate in the global event. In the viral Dom Bess Instagram post, the off-spinner writes, 'one of the funniest national anthems'. India defeated England in the ICC Champions Trophy Final in 2013. Notably, as per the Daily Mail UK report which cited Wisden.com, another racist post has been unearthed, however, the identity of the player cannot be revealed as he was 15 when it was written.
Apart from this, another of Dom Bess's Instagram posts is being widely shared in which the off-spinner can be seen mocking Team India's former skipper MS Dhoni. Dom Bess's Instagram post shows that the off-spinner shares a photo of MS Dhoni choosing his bat from 5-6 bats- on this the off-spinner calls Dhoni 'Stupid'.
Netizens lash out at Dom Bess for disrespecting India's National Anthem
As soon as the Dom Bess Instagram posts went viral on Twitter, people on social media called out the ECB and demanded strict action against the off-spinner:
England Spinner Dom Bess Deactivates Twitter Account
The Ollie Robinson controversy and consequent suspension opened doors for spinner Dom Bess as he was drafted into the hosts' squad for the remainder of the England vs New Zealand Test series. However, Dom Bess deactivated his Twitter account after he was included in England's Test squad.
Meanwhile, a report of Telegraph UK states that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has promised 'relevant and appropriate action', saying each case will be considered on an individual basis. The posts, in which Buttler and Morgan used the word "sir" to mock the Indians, started doing the rounds on social media after the ECB suspended pacer Ollie Robinson for some of his offensive tweets dating back to 2012-13.
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Days after England pacer Ollie Robinson was suspended over his racist and sexist remarks, three more England players including skipper Eoin Morgan have courted controversy over their problematic tweets.
Netizens on Tuesday dug up an old tweet from England pacer James Anderson's account where he has passed an unsavoury remark against fellow team-mate Stuart Broad. In a tweet dated February 2010, James Anderson says, "I saw Broady's new haircut for the first time today. Not sure about it. Thought he looked like a 15 yr old lesbian!"
The Ollie Robinson controversy has caused immense turmoil and angst among England players. The Sussex-based pacer, who debuted in the recently concluded first Test of the England vs New Zealand Test series, impressed one and all with his spectacular all-rounder performance. Robinson bagged seven wickets in the game and also played a handy knock of 42 off 101 balls which helped the hosts cut the deficit to 103 runs, a margin which could have been much more if it wasn't for the debutant's innings.
Dom Bess deletes Twitter account after Ollie Robinson Twitter controversy
However, the 27-year-old could not bask in the glory of his success as his racist and sexist tweets from 2012-13 resurfaced on Twitter, drawing a lot of flack from the cricketing fraternity. As a result of the massive uproar, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended Robinson from international cricket. The Ollie Robinson controversy and consequent suspension opened doors for spinner Dom Bess as he was drafted into the hosts' squad for the remainder of the England vs New Zealand Test series.
Meanwhile, the Dom Bess Twitter account has been deactivated by the spinner. The Dom Bess Twitter account deactivation could be a precautionary measure after what happened to Robinson.
Meanwhile, the series opener between England and New Zealand which was dominated by the Kiwis for the most part ended in a draw. The England vs New Zealand Test series now moves to Edgbaston in Birmingham where the two teams will compete in the final game of the series starting June 10. The Eng vs NZ 2nd Test live stream will commence at 3:30 PM (IST). The Eng vs NZ 2nd Test live stream will be covered by the Sony Pictures Networks India. Fans with the query of "England vs New Zealand where to watch in India" can tune into Sony SIX channel. Fans can also use the SonyLIV app and website to watch the Test match live from India.