Several members of Australia's Under-19 World Cup squad will likely face sanctions for controversial comments made on an Instagram post by batsman Jake Fraser-McGurk.
The 17-year-old uploaded a photograph of himself captioned "Quarter Finals here we come" following his team's win over England.
His post soon invited comments from teammates, who appeared to mock non-native English speakers.
“Sir great player, big fan, and will play India one day," wrote Oliver Davies. Spinner Tanveer Sangha added, “You hit ball very hard sir” while all-rounder Liam Scott commented: “Sir give me whatsapp number I want to be friend”.
Middle-order batsman Lachlan Hearne's comment read, “Young Steve Smith sir” and opening batter Sam Fanning wrote: “How u bat so good young man.”
The comments were instantly deleted after screenshots of the exchange between the players circulated around the internet.
Cricket Australia's head of integrity and security Sean Carroll has responded to the brewing controversy by promising a suitable punishment for the youngsters engaged in this conversation.
“We are extremely disappointed that some of the Australian Under-19 squad members have used inappropriate language in posts on social media, which we reported to the ICC as soon as it came to our attention,” Carroll was quoted as saying by AAP in a statement.
“Some of that language could be interpreted as ridiculing non-native English language speakers.”
“I have spoken to the players this morning and expressed in no uncertain terms that such language has no place in society and falls well short of the standards we expect as Australian cricketers,” he added.
Australia's U-19 World Cup campaign was cut short by a humiliating defeat to India in the quarter-final where players from both sides were often involved in heated confrontations in the middle.
Fanning was guilty of deliberately barging his shoulder into opposition bowler Akash Singh following India's distasteful appeal for obstructing the field against the batsman.
“Cricket Australia will consider sanctions upon their return home from South Africa, which will include but not be limited to education and cultural sensitivity training," Carroll said.
"Most of the players do not have their parents present with them in South Africa and some of them are minors. Accordingly, we believe it is appropriate to consider sanctions upon their return home.”