South African media rallies behind India

Published: Thursday, November 22, 2001, 2:29 [IST]
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Johannesburg: "Indians call to end South African tour". This was one of the several screaming headlines that greeted South African readers on Wednesday as the newspapers gave extensive coverage to the punishments handed out to six Indian cricketers by match-referee Mike Denness.The 'Cape Times', published in Cape Town, carried this headline for a front page leading article about the highly debated punishments. The paper also carried a sub- head "Come home and to hell with the consequences", a reproduction of an article published in a Delhi newspaper. 'The Natal Mercury' of Durban, 'The Star' of Johannesburg and 'The Natal Witness' of Pietermaitzburg and several other national newspapers and regional dailies carried banner headlines about the threat of India withdrawing from the tour. "Outcry over cricket decisions. South Africa try to placate India" ran the headline in the 'Mercury'. 'Star' published a story on the front page with the heading "Outcry over ban on Indians". Several former South African cricketers also spoke out strongly against Mike Denness' verdict and have called on Tendulkar and other Indian players to seek redress in a South African court. Former wicket-keeper Dave Richardson, who is an attorney by profession, was quoted in newspapers as saying that Indians should resort to legal action. "They have no other option but to seek legal redress," he said.
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