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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have referred The Guardian’s article, in which they interviewed batsman Michael Carberry, to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) after they were unhappy with the tone and some of the content within the article.
In the article, which was published on March 31, Carberry claims that he had not been treated fairly by the ECB.
The ECB were especially unhappy about the line which said: “Only Carberry’s request that his mother be his invited guest was denied”. This came during the Ashes series when all the other England players were allowed to fly their family members down to Australia for Christmas.
The ECB also expressed their concern when Carberry said “throughout my England career, even as a schoolboy, I’ve always had that shorter rope for some reason” as it implies that he was the victim of racial discrimination.
The board had also threatened to take action against an article that was published in the Nightwatchman magazine as it suggested that Carberry continuously struggled to get selected for England due to racial discrimination.
The magazine have taken down the article from all their online platforms and also printed an apology in their next issue.