After playing in the first 3 ODI’s against India, South Africa cricketer Imran Tahir was dropped for the 4th ODI as the Proteas decided to rely more on pace, something that worked in their favour as they registered their 1st win of the series without Tahir. However, despite not taking part in any real action, the South African spinner was involved in a slight controversy during the match, where he was racially abused by an Indian fan, but the incident came to light only after South Africa secured the 5 wicket win over India at the New Wanderers.
Imran Tahir racially abused by an India fan in 4th ODI?
According to Tahir, he was racially abused by an Indian fan while performing his 12th man duties. Soon after the 38-year-olds complaint Cricket South Africa (CSA) launched a full investigation in order to find the culprit. Following the story breaking out, South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said, as reported by mid-day,
“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. According to what Imran said, it was an Indian fan.”
CSA soon made a statement supporting Imran Tahir and promised a full-blown investigation to bring the culprit to justice. The statement read, “Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man. Tahir reported the incident to the stadium security and was subsequently accompanied by two security personnel to identify and to have the man ejected from the stadium.”
“Tahir made no physical contact with the offender or any of the children in the vicinity. The incident is under investigation with the CSA and stadium security teams.”
Tahir has played over a 100 international matches for South Africa, picking up over 200 wickets. He was visibly distraught with the situation but was humbled by the support he received following the story breaking out. “Thanking everyone for your support and love really humbled. I am a very simple person who believes in showing love to everyone regardless of country, color or religion.I have played cricket all over the world and have only made friends. Much love,” tweeted the spinner.
Thanking every one for your support and love really humbled.Iam a very simple person who believes in showing love to everyone regardless of country , color or religion.I have played cricket all over the world and have only made friends.Much love ?
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) February 12, 2018
Racism has plagued the world of sports for a long time, from footballers to cricketers, many players have had to deal with insensitive fans and supporters in a sporting arena and it is heartening to see the cricket board of South Africa fully supporting it’s player and doing the needful in order to prevent such incidents from happening again.