Essex County takes notice of spraying alcohol on Muslim player


LONDON: Essex County have vowed to provide further education on cultural diversity after a Muslim player was sprayed with alcohol during celebrations of their Bob Willis Trophy success. Batsman Feroze Khushi, who was 12th man during the final against Somerset, was photographed recoiling as beer was poured over him on the balcony at Lord’s.

According to Asian Image report, his club admitted the celebrations failed to meet their inclusive values and pledged to do more.

“Essex County Cricket Club prides themselves on their work within multi-diverse communities throughout the county and the surrounding areas,” read a statement from the county. “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 has worked extremely hard and will continue to bring cricket to anybody and everybody, and educate on diversity, but further work needs to be done across both sport and society in general, to widen people’s knowledge and make them more aware of cultural differences.”

Essex County team celebrating victory in Bob Willis Trophy

Essex captain Tom Westley has publicly apologised on behalf of the team after a Muslim player had beer poured on him. Feroze Khushi was on the balcony at Lord’s with the rest of the squad as Essex displayed the trophy following Sunday’s draw with Somerset. Khushi, 21, was 12th man for the five-day final at the home of cricket.

“As a group, we have come together and discussed the event, and on reflection, we are disappointed we let this happen,” Westley said on social media. “On behalf of myself and the team, we would like to apologise for any offence that was caused during our celebrations at Lord’s on Sunday.