haven't heard racism: Lankans
SRI LANKA has denied reports of racial abuse from Australian fans
this summer, claiming none of its players had been subjected to
the executive committee of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board prepared
to discuss the issue last night and decide whether to lodge an official
complaint to the International Cricket Council, the team's manager
in Australia, Michael Tissera, dismissed reports that his players
had been racially abused.
"We've had no problem with racism at all," Tissera said
yesterday. "None of our players have complained to me. I have
asked them specifically about racist comments and they have not
complained to me."
said the team was not aware of the five people who were evicted
from the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day for calling them "black
c----" and did not have a problem with the fan who blackened
his face and wrote "no-ball" across his chest this week
in Perth during Sri Lanka's loss to South Africa, prompting off-spinner
Muthiah Muralidaran to respond with a raised middle finger.
pretty annoyed that a few have just gone on and on and on taunting
Murali with 'no-ball' calls until he had to do something that's
not very nice. But we haven't put any racist slant to that whole
thing," he said.
a fellow wants to blacken his face, that doesn't bother us as long
as he does not say racist things. Our players have not heard any
Tissera said match referee Jeff Crowe had been in touch with him
about Muralidaran's gesture to the crowd, which was captured by
a photographer in Western Australia, but he did not know whether
the ICC would lay any charges.
far as Murali is concerned, that's something between him and the
match referee. He (Crowe) just mentioned to me about this thing
about Murali's picture and I've told him what it was about and that's
it," he said.