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English Cricket Club To Provide Cultural Diversity Education After Muslim Player Was Sprayed With Alcohol

English Cricket Club To Provide Cultural Diversity Education After Muslim Player Was Sprayed With Alcohol

Essex County Cricket Club have announced they will provide lessons in cultural diversity to their players after the club became embroiled in an ugly incident.

As the team was celebrating winning the Bob Willis Trophy against Somerset, players popped champagne and cracked open a few beers on the iconic balcony at Lord's.

But their celebrations quickly came under fire after images emerged of the players pouring their alcoholic beverages over 12th man Feroze Khushi.

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Khushi, being a practicing Muslim, was pictured recoiling in a bid to try and avoid being soaked by his teammates.

It didn't take long for the club to cop a barrage of criticism from fans within the cricket community.

The club has issued an apology. Credit: Twitter
The club has issued an apology. Credit: Twitter

Now, though, Essex County have released a statement apologising for the incident while promising to provide cultural diversity education in the future.

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The statement read: "Essex County Cricket Club prides 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 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."

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Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.