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England Cricket World Cup: Backlash over Cardiff postbox

03 Aug 2019, 11:43

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49197126

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Pro-independence stickers have been placed on the postbox

A postbox celebrating England's Cricket World Cup victory has caused a backlash in Cardiff.

Royal Mail painted a box on the city's Queen Street white, with the words "congratulations England cricket team".

Cardiff hosted games in last month's men's tournament - with England's team also representing Wales on the pitch.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it recognises the "enormous contribution" Wales has made to the game "over many years".

It added: "Historically, this has included producing England players, hosting England international matches in Cardiff and Welsh people holding senior management positions within the sport."

The postbox has been covered with pro-independence stickers with some twitter users saying it should say: "England and Wales Cricket Board."

However, others said people from both countries should enjoy the victories together and those that placed the stickers should pay for it to be cleaned.

England won the men's tournament last month to add to the women's title won in 2017.

Following this, Royal Mail announced it would transform 15 postboxes near host venues.

Cardiff's Sophia Gardens hosted matches as well as stadiums such as Lords in London and Edgbaston, Birmingham.


Twitter post by @YesCaerdydd

To think, they objected having a yellow post box for a historic win by @GeraintThomas86 in the #TourdeFrance, but are happy to have a white one celebrating a win by the England cricket team. Let's turn it back to being red with stickers all over https://t.co/QMezpE8yiV
— YesCymru Caerdydd (@YesCaerdydd) July 30, 2019

Royal Mail's Matt Parkes had said "cricket is truly coming home", adding: "We are delighted to celebrate the historic achievement of England Cricket and celebrate both the England men's and women's winning teams in 2019 and in 2017."

The ECB's chief executive Tom Harrison also described it as an "historic achievement".

While called England, the national cricket team is governed by the England and Wales Cricket Board and represents both countries.

Many players from Welsh county Glamorgan have put on the England shirt, including pace bowlers Simon Jones and Steve Watkin, spinner Robert Croft and batsmen Hugh Morris and Matthew Maynard.

The sporting union has not proved universally popular, with Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards speaking out after the England men's team's world cup win.

"The greatest honour in any sport is to play for your national team - Welsh cricket players are denied that opportunity," he said.

"In fact, Welsh cricketers are the only people in the British Isles who are denied this opportunity.

"The Scottish and Irish national teams are well-established with full test status and yet, when it comes to Welsh cricket, it's still a case of 'for Wales, see England'."

Independence campaign group Yes Cymru Caerdydd led the way by opposing the post box, tweeting: "To think, they objected having a yellow post box for a historic win by @GeraintThomas86 in the #TourdeFrance, but are happy to have a white one celebrating a win by the England cricket team."

Twitter post by @garethtrombone

What on earth is wrong with us in #Wales? On top of the bridge naming farce I’ve just seen this monstrosity in the middle of #Cardiff. Celebrating a win by a team called England with no Welsh players. We’re better than this #Cymru. @WelshIntCricket @thebarryhorns @YesCymru pic.twitter.com/zhUmwFg2jn
— Gareth Roberts (@garethtrombone) July 30, 2019

Twitter post by @beatygul_beaty

But Wales isn't mentioned on the post box.
It says congratulations to England.
— Beaty (@beatygul_beaty) August 1, 2019

Twitter post by @YeomanJamie

@cardiffcouncil @RoyalMail really! Incorrect - should read ‘England and Wales Cricket Board’ good work people - Epic Fail. Why do allow this insensitive intervention? Geraint Thomas deserves a yellow post box for winning the Tour last year!
— Jamie yeoman (@YeomanJamie) July 30, 2019

Others said the postbox should read "England and Wales Cricket Board" rather than just "England".

But some defended the move, saying the people of England and Wales should celebrate the victories together.

The ECB said: "The Royal Mail's commemorative postboxes are a fitting way to mark the outstanding achievements of our World Cup winning England men's and women's teams."

Twitter post by @nickpooler84

@YesCymru way to go, our national cricket team won the World Cup and you deface a post box commemorating it
— Nick Pooler (@nickpooler84) August 1, 2019

Twitter post by @chris88proctor

Equal like us both having a celebratry post box, one in which you couldn't understand us having, one in which that shows us as equals?

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