Stuart Broad says, England Cricket team ready to quit social media amid online abuse The spate of online abuse by anonymous trolls and foul-mouthed fans has led the English cricket team to consider quitting social media for some time. English seamer Stuart Broad has stated that despite the benefits of social media, a stand against hate speech would be justified.
“There are great positives to social media but if we have to lose those positives for a period of time to make a stand then I’d be well up for that,” he said.
“If there was action it would come from the leaders in our dressing room and if the team felt like a change needed to happen we’ve got some really great people above us in the hierarchy who would be very open to what the team’s beliefs were. It’s a really strong message. I think it is definitely worth a conversation,” Stuart Broad added.
Stuart Broad’s lament, example set by football
The discussion about the English cricket team going off social media was triggered due to a similar step being taken by a couple of football clubs in the UK. Champions of the Scottish Premiership, Glasgow Rangers, and a second-tier team in the English league, Swansea, have removed themselves from social media sites.
These two football clubs had to take this drastic step because of racial abuse being targeted at some of their players. In the case of England’s cricket team, the two players who have faced similar abuses are Moeen Ali and Jofra Archer.
Moeen belongs to the Pakistani community of Great Britain while Archer was a Barbados national till he shifted his allegiance to England and qualified in time to play for his adopted country in 2019.
Stuart Broad says, England Cricket team ready to quit social media amid online abuse
Recently, Bengali author Taslima Nasreen, who resides in India, was severely criticised for an offensive comment stating that if Moeen Ali had not been a cricketer, he would have joined ISIS. Despite her claim that this comment was made in jest, it drew angry reactions from all around.
Whether this case in particular pushed England and Stuart Broad to think in the direction of a social media boycott or whether it is due to a pattern witnessed over a long period of time is uncertain.