Crowd jeering not racism: BCCI chief

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Sharad PawarSydney: Crowd jeering the players should not be construed as racist remarks, BCCI chief Sharad Pawar has said asserting that such happenings are not going to effect his Board's relation with its Australian counterpart.

Pawar, the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was refering to media reports that Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds had been subjected to monkey chants in Vadodara, Nagpur and in Mumbai last night. He insisted that International Cricket Council's Anti-Racism Code would be strictly adhered to but added that ''it was not a case of racism.''

''I believe this is a misunderstanding; a language issue. There are many languages spoken in India, and I don't understand many of them myself,'' he said adding, ''We respect that we have to protect the individual player. There is a complaint and we will take the appropriate action.''

''Still, it is the responsibility of the Indian board to execute that (the ICC's anti-racism code). There have already been steps taken,'' he was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Pawar rubbished the idea that the incidents would have any adverse effect on the relationship between the two cricket boards.

''This will not at all affect our relationship with Cricket Australia. We have a very strong relationship and we are hoping that will continue,'' he asserted.


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