According to the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom, the Middlesex Crusaders cricket club, who have played under the name for almost 10 years, will play next season as The Panthers .The newspaper claims that bosses at the county club acted after protests about the name from Jewish and Muslim communities -- who said they felt it was a reference to the religious wars waged by Christians in Europe against other faiths.
However Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington, while admitting that there had been 'one or two complaints from our Muslim community and our Jewish community', insists that sound economics rather than political correctness lay behind the county one-day side's change of nickname.“The name was nothing whatsoever to do with the Crusades in the 11th and 12th century,” Mr Codrington said.
This year, they will be known as the Panthers, after they chose to end a 10-year association with the name Crusaders, he said. see
But Middlesex members weren't convinced by Codrington's explanation, and condemned the decision to change the team’s name as “batty”.“The world really has gone mad,” one said. “It’s a real kick in the teeth and is bound to upset a lot of fans.”
Middlesex, which plays most of its home games at Lord’s in St John’s Wood, won the 2008 Twenty20 Cup.