Former captain Michael Vaughan says the investigation into old tweets by England cricketers is a “witch hunt” that must be stopped, as the ECB investigates alleged racial remarks on social media by several of its cricketers.

The country’s white-ball captain Eoin Morgan and wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler are under scrutiny by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after tweets mocking Indians on social media on Wednesday.

“No one seemed to be offended at the time of Morgan, Butler and Anderson’s tweets at the time of their tweets, but it’s amazing how offensive a few years later they seem now!!!!!! Extremely ridiculous… The hunt has started but has to stop,” Vaughan tweeted.

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The post, in which Butler and Morgan used the word ‘sir’ to mock Indians, started doing the rounds on social media after fast bowler Ollie Robinson was suspended by the ECB for some of his objectionable tweets from 2012-13. gave.

According to a report, “Screenshot of a message has also been shared by Butler in which he says ‘I always reply Sir No 1 as you like me’ and, separately, Morgan wrote a message to Butler. which says, ‘Sir you’re my favorite batsman’. A 2010 homophobic tweet by veteran fast bowler James Anderson has also surfaced.

The ECB has promised “relevant and appropriate action”, adding that each case will be considered on an individual basis.

Both Buttler and Morgan are involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL), with the former playing for Rajasthan Royals and the latter leading Kolkata Knight Riders.