Tom Kohler-Cadmore included in England squad despite scandalous messages used in rape trial
England has made a surprising call-up for their upcoming one-day internationals against Ireland. Batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore, known for his lewd and degrading messages in a WhatsApp group, has been included in the squad. The controversial player's messages were used as evidence in the rape trial of another former teammate, Alex Hepburn.
History of scandal
In 2019, Kohler-Cadmore and Joe Clarke, his former Worcestershire teammate, were suspended from England selection due to their explicit WhatsApp messages. The messages were presented as evidence in court during Hepburn's trial, where he was found guilty of rape. While Kohler-Cadmore and Clarke were cleared of criminal charges, they faced repercussions from the England Cricket Board (ECB), including a £2,000 fine and withdrawal from an England Lions tour of India. Kohler-Cadmore also had to attend sexual consent training.
Despite the controversy, Kohler-Cadmore has been given another chance and is set to represent the England team for the first time. He has since left Worcestershire, playing for both Yorkshire and Somerset. This will be his opportunity to prove himself in the international arena.
Jason Roy rejects offer
In a surprising twist, Jason Roy, who was previously dumped from England's World Cup squad, has rejected the chance to play against Ireland. Roy, who was replaced by Harry Brook, seems likely to decline the offer to be a reserve.
Joe Root opts for rest
Joe Root, England's star player, will not participate in the final two matches against Ireland. Instead, he will take a break and join the rest of the squad in India for the upcoming tournament.