ISLAMABAD - Pakistan born South African bowler Imran Tahir was subjected to racial abuse during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between South Africa and India, held in Johannesburg on February 7.
“Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth ODI against India at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials said, while confirming the incident.
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.”
This is not the first time Tahir, the number one ranked ODI bowler has faced such behaviour. During the 2015 World Cup, the fans at Manuka Oval shouted to Tahir, “Why don’t you go stroke your pet camel?” quoted Cricbuzz.
The 38-year-old is ranked among the best bowlers in limited overs cricket and has bagged 139 and 57 wickets in 84 ODIs and 36 T20Is, respectively.