Essex became the champions of the Bob Willis Trophy on Sunday but they also hit the headlines for wrong reasons. After their triumph against Somerset, the Essex players were on a celebration spree but got into a controversy after pouring alcohol on a Muslim team mate.
One of the players poured beer on the Muslim teammate Feroze Khushi after the final of 2020 Bob Willis Trophy at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
After the incident, the British Asian Cricket Community based in East London asked the county team to apology.
One of the senior members called Buttleman’s actions (who poured the alcohol) on Feroze Khushi as ‘diabolical’. The club has not officially issued any apology but also admitted that Buttleman’s actions were against the values of the team.
“Essex pride themselves on their work within multi-diverse communities throughout the county and the surrounding areas.For a substantial period of time, Essex have had a multi-diverse team with players from different backgrounds, religions, and races, where cricket is at the heart of these communities,” the club issued a statement to Daily Mail.
Khushi made his first team for Essex in August but he didn’t get to play many games for the side including the finals against the Somerset. He seemed uncomfortable to be around the players while the celebration was taking place.
The ECB has refrained from commenting on this matter, they have issued a policy stating Muslim players to step aside during champagne celebration.