The ongoing South Africa vs India ODI series has been marred with controversy. South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir has alleged that an Indian supporter has allegedly abused him racially. The alleged incident happened during the Johannesburg ODI. The matter is still under investigation.
In the past, there have been players who have alleged that they have been racially abused. Cricwizz takes a look at those alleged incidents.
Inzamam-ul-Haq: The former Pakistan skipper was at the centre of a controversy when he charged out at a section of a crowd with a bat in his hand during an ODI against India in 1997. A fan was constantly heckling Inzy, calling him ‘aaloo’ or potato. After ignoring him for some time, Inzy finally lost his cool before he was halted by security personnel. You can watch the video of that incident here.
Monkeygate: Two volatile players Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds were at the centre of this controversy during the second Test at Sydney between India and Australia in 2008. Symonds alleged that Bhajji has used a racial slur against him. The controversy boiled to wreck the series. Bhajji was acquitted following Symonds’ statement that he wasn’t able to confirm whether Harbhajan uttered monkey or a Hindi swear that’s common parlance in North India.
Smith-Bravo incident: Former South African skipper Graeme Smith was once charged of a racist comment by West Indian cricketer Dwayne Bravo during a Test series in South Africa. But the charges were dropped after no evidence was found against him. Smith demanded an apology from Bravo. But Bravo refused to do so even as West Indies cricket board supported him.
Namibia Cricket alleged racial abuse: During the ICC Inter-Continental Cup fixture between Afghanistan and Namibia in Greater Noida in 2016, some Afghan players made certain disrespectful comments in the presence of a Namibian player that were against the ICC Anti-Racism policy. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) also accepted that certain words spoken by some of their players might have been disrespecting to the opponent cricketers and their culture. According to the ACB, the Afghanistan players in question offered an apology to the Namibian player to sort out the issue.
Read the full article here: Afghanistan cricketers offer apology to Namibian counterparts for racial comments
Terrorist remark: During an international match in 2006, when South African cricketer Hashim Amla, a Muslim with a beard, took a catch, commentator Dean Jones had remarked, “The terrorist gets another wicket.” Although Jones had made the remark during a commercial break, it went live in South Africa as the broadcast was not interrupted then. It created uproar and Jones’ contract with Ten Sports as a commentator was subsequently terminated. Jones later apologised for the comment.