No place for racism in cricket-on or off the field:India & Australia

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New Delhi, Oct 17 (UNI) Shaken by the barrage of criticism for not taking action on sensetive issue of racism, which has plagued this series, the presidents of both India and Australia cricket boards today issued a strongly worded joint statement deploring racism of any kind anywhere in cricket.

BCCI chief Sharad Pawar, and Chairman of Cricket Australia(CA) Creagh O'Connor asserted that there is no place for racism in cricket, either on or off the field, and reiterated their support for ICC player and anti racism codes which support this objective.

They however expressed view that the ICC Anti Racism Code could only work if it was genuinely embraced for the intent it sought to achieve, and said they had instructed their respective managements to ensure that the objectives of the Code were understood and implemented appropriately at all the venues.

''Cricket crowds in all cricket nations are often noisy and boisterous, which is part of the fun of cricket,'' they said in the joint statement but also added that, ''all cricket nations have to be on guard to ensure that the fun does not cross the boundary into unacceptable behaviour.'' ''If it does, it is our expectation that the specifics of the ICC Anti Racism Code be enforced without fear or favour.Players of all countries have a right to expect that they will be treated with respect wherever they play in the world.'' They urged the, ''Spectators, team officials or players who are concerned about inappropriate behaviour of other people at venues should draw that behaviour to the attention of venue authorities immediately, so that it can be assessed on the spot and, if appropriate, addressed immediately rather than being reviewed via media reports published well after the crowd has gone home,'' the statement added.

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