Thursday, February 13, 2003
A few people seem to be upset about this.
CRICKET's World Cup has been rocked by a racism row with Pakistan wicket-keeper Rashid Latif last night controversially exonerated from accusations that he called Australian rival Adam Gilchrist a "white c . . .".
Latif, who allegedly uttered the words to Gilchrist while batting during Pakistan's doomed run chase at Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday, was charged with a level three code of conduct breach after an angry Gilchrist lodged an official complaint. [...]
While there was no official statement from Lloyd, Pakistan officials claimed Latif had been exonerated.
The decision to exonerate him reportedly swung on video evidence which included stump microphone tapes.
A spokesman for the production company who cut the tapes said they contained the word "white" but the rest was inaudible. [...]
Pakistan media manager Shayada Khan said: "We will not be taking this further. We want to leave it behind us. Rashid said he had the highest respect for Adam Gilchrist as a person and a player."
I heard on the news this morning that Latif was now considering suing the entire Australian team. Presumably that's how he intends to leave the matter behind, assuming the report was accurate in the first place. I don't know. If the guy didn't say it then he has to go free. If he did say it then surely he should get the same as what Darren Lehmann got. Since there's apparently no evidence either way maybe the Aussies can just vent their frustration by aiming for his head when they bowl.