Pakistan team racially abused in New Zealand

IANS
Dec 15, 2009 at 06:02pm IST

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday said it planning to lodge a formal 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.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said he is yet to receive any complaint from the team management regarding the ugly incident that marred what was an interesting final Test at McLean Park.

"I will only contact the ICC regarding the issue after getting a formal complaint from the team management," Butt told Geo Super.

GOOD SPORT: New Zealand cricket lovers condemn racist insults against visitors.

A brother of New Zealand MP Chris Tremain and his 17 friends allegedly chanted slogans of 'Pakistani terrorists' from a corporate box at the McLean Park, New Zealand media reports said.

A sign saying "no racist comments please" was displayed on the park's scoreboard at about 5 p.m.

However, Pakistan manager Abdul Raqeeb said that he and his players didn't hear any racist remarks.

According to New Zealand media reports, a corporate box hired by a brother of National MP Chris Tremain was refused alcohol after racial abuse was hurled at Pakistani cricketers.

Mark Tremain, 38, younger brother of the Napier MP and son of rugby legend Kel Tremain, hired the family company Tremain Real Estate's corporate box for themselves Saturday, the second day of the Pakistan-New Zealand test.

Spectator Bill Stacey, of Clive, said he was embarrassed by the group's "drunken stupidity" and the racist comments, which included shouts of "Pakistani terrorists".

Chris Tremain, who is a director and shareholder in Tremain Real Estate, said: "Clearly what happened is unacceptable."

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.

Pakistan is scheduled to leave for Australia Wednesday for a full series after ending its three-match Test series at 1-1.

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