Proteas player in racism row
Centurion – One of the South African players could be in hot water as a result of an incident during the first Test against Pakistan at Centurion Park on Sunday.
It resembled a Wild West movie as spectators swore at players who retaliated with remarks of their own. In the end, seven spectators were removed from the stadium.
One of the spectators was taken to Lyttelton police station and charged with involvement in a fist fight with an off-duty policeman.
“Alcohol played a major role in what happened,” said Terence Jacobs, head of security for the Test.
South African spinner Paul Harris was sworn at by supporters of the Pakistan team and three of them were removed by security staff.
The incident may result in disciplinary steps against an as-yet-unidentified South African player, said to be a middle-order batsman.
“Like bloody animals”
It is believed that remarks he made after the swearing incident by Pakistani supporters, were picked up by the stumps microphones.
It is alleged the player said the supporters were behaving “like bloody animals” and that he said something about “fucking Pakistanis”.
Members of the SA team’s management later listened to a recording of the incident, said to have taken place between overs, to determine exactly what had been said.
Convener of selectors Haroon Lorgat, coach Mickey Arthur and media liaison officer Gordon Templeton, were involved in the process.
Gerald Majola, CEO of Cricket SA, is expected to release a statement on Monday.
SuperSport, who televised the action, received a number of calls from viewers who expressed their dissatisfaction about what the player had said. Reaction was received even from Pakistan.
Infringement of privacy
Arthur said on Sunday night he felt the use of stumps microphones was an infringement on the privacy of the players.
“I believe what is said on the field should stay on the field and should not be broadcast to everyone in their television lounges.
“It was something that was said to other players between overs and should not have been heard across the whole world.”
Templeton said it was the task of the TV production staff to turn off the sound after every ball had been bowled.
“The sound on the stumps microphone is meant only to help determine whether the batsman has touched the ball.”
The SA players are said to have complained to their security staff about the way the large group of Pakistan supporters had sworn at and abused them.
Harris took much of the abuse where he was fielding on the boundary, but Jacobs emphasised that the remarks had not been of a racist nature.
Arthur added that the way their opponents had been supported during the series against India, and in this match, had made it feel as if the South Africans were playing away from home.
“One can understand it if you have to deal with remarks from spectators in Australia, but in your own country it’s not pleasant,” he said.
Jacobs said 10 spectators had been removed from the ground so far during the match and that one spectator had been reprimanded four times because of his behaviour.
“Some people just can’t handle their liquor,” he added.
So what do you owes make of this. Azee,Mombhai, Hoosain Mayet,Ebie Jay I want to hear you owes view on this incident. Are the Paki supporters at fault here. Is the sledging gone too far and personnal again. Was this a racist comment. Should the player be fined and dealt with appropriately”