Imran Tahir Controversy: Imran Tahir verbally abused at Wanderers to Indian fan

 

New Delhi [India], Feb 13: Proteas veteran leg-spinner and world's top-ranked one-day international bowler Imran Tahir has complained to the South African team management that he was "racially and verbally abused" by a 'fan' at the Wanderers cricket stadium during the Pink ODI played against India on Saturday. Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the security personnel at the Wanderers are now investigating the incident where Tahir reported to the stadium security about the said abuse and was then escorted into the stands to identify the individual.

Proteas Leg spinner Imran Tahir did not play fourth Pink ODI at the Wanderers and incident occurred when he was returning from the field after carrying drinks for his teammates. A video posted on a social media website showed Tahir communicating with a handful of spectators soon after the incident but is of poor quality to hear the words that were exchanged. The CSA, on Monday, said they were aware of the video posted on social media and added that "Tahir made no physical contact" with the perpetrator.

According to the team manager Mohammed Moosajee read out a statement on the matter after South Africa's practice session on Monday: "My understanding from Imran's perspective is that he was racially and verbally abused by a certain gentleman throughout the match. He reported to stadium security stationed in front of the dressing room and two of the security personnel accompanied him to identify the perpetrator. But obviously when he got up there, there was some hostile verbal exchanges. And to neutralise the situation, they removed him from the scene and brought him back to the changing room. So that's what we've been told. There was definitely no exchanges and no children involved in the incident (as has been reported on social media)".

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