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Pak team racially abused in New Zealand

Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 11:29 [IST]
 
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Pak team racially abused in New Zealand

Napier: Pakistan Cricket Board would lodge a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) claiming the national team was racially abused on the final day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Napier.

According to a report published on The Dominion Post, racist remarks were hurled at the Pak players on Saturday from the corporate box at McLean Park hired by National MP Chris Tremain's brother Mark and his 17 friends.

The report quoted a spectator as saying that he felt embarrassed by the "drunken stupidity" of the group which abused the visiting cricketers, calling them "Pakistani terrorists".

The incident prompted the authorities to display a "no racist comments please" sign near the scoreboard in the afternoon.

NZ Cricket public affairs manager Stephen Hill said staff took action as soon as they heard of racist insults. 'Our security staff were on the ball and they took steps to resolve the situation, and got them to modify their comments.'

'Racist abuse was more common in other countries. It arises from time to time, but it's not common here. We have messages to put on the board sometimes, or the speaker system. We want the sport to be free of abuse,' he said

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