On 3 February, a Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) Panel imposed a five-match ban on Alex Davies in relation to the player’s historic social media posts.

Mr Davies, who had been charged with breaching ECB Directives 3.3 and 3.4, will serve an immediate one-match ban with the other four matches suspended for a two-year period from the date of the Hearing. He was also fined £1,500.

The CDC Panel was chaired by Mark Milliken-Smith QC, alongside Ricky Needham and David Murphy.

Any appeal must be made within 14 days from the date of the decision. The full written reasons can be found here.

Mark McCafferty, Chair of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said: “We support the decision of the Cricket Disciplinary Committee to issue Alex Davies with a fine and match ban for comments he made on social media a number of years ago, prior to joining Warwickshire CCC. 

“There is no excuse for any form of discrimination, regardless of when it took place, and there has to be a real consequence for such actions.

“That said, people need to be given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and he is extremely apologetic, recognises that what he wrote as a young man was wrong and has since worked hard to improve his attitude to life, as well as support younger players as they transition to being professionals. 

“We expect him to accept his punishment with good grace and focus now on being the best cricketer he can be, as well as working with us to ensure that the Club is inclusive to all in every respect.”