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ECB stonewalls Stonewall over 'pretty boys' line
The ECB refused to comment after Trevor Bayliss was accused by Stonewall of using language that "reinforces stereotypes" by suggesting that England played like "pretty boys" in their T20 defeat against Pakistan at Old Trafford.
A spokesman for Stonewall, the charity that campaigns for LGBT rights, gently chided in The Times: "Across sport, coaches and managers have a real opportunity to set a positive example. This includes thinking about the language they use and how it impacts upon those around them and society in general."
ESPNcricinfo's poll on Thursday captured how readers of the county blog saw the episode with the majority suggesting that overreacting to comments could actually undermine equality campaigns.
Poll: Trevor Bayliss says England 'played like pretty boys' in losing to Pakistan. Is this comment
Prejudiced and unfortunate. Society must set appropriate norms 15%
Prejudiced but only to people who are pretty of any sexual persuasion 4%
Not prejudiced, who cares 33%
Not prejudiced and those who say it is prejudiced actually do damage to the cause they are seeking to protect 41%
Too much Political Correctness in the world, I'm with UKIP 6%
Meanwhile, the ECB have reached 1,000 No Comments on a range of issues for the fourth successive season. There is no information about whether the counties have had to sign gagging orders on the incident.