- 3AW host Neil Mitchell slammed Aussie cricket squad
- Comes after they played Afghanistan at ODI World Cup
- Mitchell intimated Pat Cummins’ squad are ‘woke’ & self-absorbed
Veteran radio identity Neil Mitchell has publicly called out the Australian cricket team for ‘agreeing to play’ Afghanistan at the ODI World Cup in India after complaining about a major sponsor and the result of the Voice referendum.
The former 3AW host didn’t mince his words, labelling the country located at the crossroads of Central Asia and South Asia a place where ‘abhorrent is the norm’.
Mitchell asked his followers on X: ‘How do some Australian cricketers express an ethical objection to their sponsor being a power company and need counseling when the ‘no’ [referendum] vote gets up, but agree to play Afghanistan, a team representing a country where the abhorrent is the norm?’
The scathing criticism on social media comes after it emerged last month that Afghan women were buried alive in their homes after an 6.3-magnitude earthquake because they were afraid of going outside without wearing their hijabs.
Veteran radio identity Neil Mitchell has publicly called out the Australian cricket team for ‘agreeing to play’ Afghanistan at the ODI World Cup in India
The 3AW host didn’t mince his words on X, labelling the country located at the crossroads of Central Asia and South Asia a place where ‘the abhorrent is the norm’
He may not have named him, but skipper Pat Cummins was Mitchell’s likely intended target
Mitchell’s sentiment was clear – Pat Cummins’ squad are ‘woke’ – and given Cricket Australia abandoned a three-match series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates back in March yet happily played the same opposition eight months later, the shock jock had plenty of support online.
‘It’s called hypocrisy Neil,’ one wrote, with another posting: ‘It’s a disease called wokeism.’
A third weighed in with: ‘They [cricketers] are wealthy, pretentious hypocrites.’
It was also correctly pointed out that the Afghanistan team – which is coached by former English batsman Jonathan Trott – are largely based in the United Arab Emirates and have no ties to the Taliban, who control the troubled nation.
On the field, Cummins has led his team to six straight victories at the World Cup and a guaranteed semi-final spot after their thrilling win on Wednesday morning – but last month eyebrows were raised after it was reported Australia’s cricketers had access to counselling services in the lead-up to the Indigenous Voice to Parliament vote.
Cummins (pictured greeting Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi before their sides’ World Cup clash in Mumbai) has been in critics’ crosshairs over his stance on
Cricket Australia’s board and the Australian Cricketers’ Association also publicly supported the Voice during the campaigning phase of the referendum.
The development left many supporters frustrated because they are adamant sport and politics should never mix.
Skipper Cummins has been in critics’ crosshairs since he raised concerns about previous CA major sponsor Alinta Energy and then refused to feature in their promotional material due to his stance on environmental issues.
It saw the power giant end its lucrative multi-million dollar sponsorship, which had been in place since 2018.
Plenty pointed out Cummins, who drives a fossil-fuelled Range Rover and flies first class around the world, still views himself as a climate warrior.