Watch: According to Australian media sources, a significant row has broken out inside Justin Langer’s dressing room, with a video of the Bangladesh team celebrating which was posted on social media at the heart of it.
According to Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Langer, Australia’s head coach, and team manager Gavin Dovey became involved in a series of heated exchanges with an unnamed member of Cricket Australia’s digital team, after the latter posted footage of the Tigers jubilant after their historic series win on social media and on the cricket.com.au website.
The arguments reportedly took place in team hotel with at least a dozen witnesses present.
“A healthy team environment includes the ability to have honest and frank discussions, whether it be between players, support staff or others within the team environment, which was the case here,” Dovey said. “There was a difference of opinion and we agreed to disagree on a particular matter. In hindsight, it was one of those instances which should have taken place in private. I take full ownership of that.”
cricket.com.au is a production of CA Digital Media, a division of Cricket Australia, but also serves as a news outlet, publishing opinion on Australia selection debates and the ball-tampering scandal among much else. This furore may lead to questions over whether the website can feasibly perform both functions.
On Twitter, a video of the Bangladesh team celebrating on the outfield was posted with the caption, “Scenes! The Aussies sportingly applauded their rivals post match as Bangladesh celebrated a landmark success in their cricket history…”. On the cricket.com.au site, a video of Bangladesh singing in their dressing room, posted on Twitter by fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman, was appended to the clip posted on Twitter.
Both videos are available to watch below:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 7, 2021
— Mustafizur Rahman (@Mustafiz90) August 6, 2021
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