GiveMeSport – Jos Buttler may face censure over the content of the coarse personal message he writes on his bat handle.
- Buttler, England’s man of the match in their series-levelling innings win over Pakistan at Headingley, has penned the words ‘F*** it’ at the top of each bat he uses in the middle.
- But after television cameras focused on his bat following his unbeaten 80 as England moved towards victory in the second NatWest Test, beaming the footage around the world on Sunday, Press Association Sport understands Buttler may be in trouble with the International Cricket Council.
- Article continues belowThey read as follows: “Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department… the ICC shall have the final say in determining whether any such message is approved.
- Buttler was a surprise inclusion, in new national selector Ed Smith’s first Test squad, to return at number seven after spending almost 18 months out of the team – a period in which his global reputation as a brilliant white-ball cricketer has continued to grow.
- After a promising start to his Test career, including a home Ashes series victory in 2015, Buttler’s runs dried up alarmingly.