South Africa star Imran Tahir has thanked his well-wishers after receiving overwhelming support following the racism incident. In an unfortunate incident, the leg-spinner faced racial abuse during the fourth One-Day International against India. Cricket South Africa confirmed the news on Monday (February 12).
Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man. Tahir then informed the authorities about the incident and the culprit was evicted from the stadium. According to reports, the fan abused the spinner each time he entered and left the field on drinks duties. Tahir finally lost his cool and got involved in an altercation with the culprit. The video showing the incident has gone viral on social media.
“Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and Whatsapp groups,” CSA said in a release.
“Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against India at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. 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.
“In accordance with the ICC Anti-racism code, spectators who engage in racist conduct are to be ejected from the stadium and can face further sanctions and criminal prosecution,” CSA stated.
Ever since the news broke out, Tahir has received widespread support from the cricketing fraternity,. The Proteas star also made sure to acknowledge the support by thanking everyone.
Tahir took to Twitter to thank his well-wishers, writing: “Thanking everyone 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 🙏”
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
Not the first time:
This was not the first time Tahir has faced such unwanted situation. During the 2015 World Cup, the fans at Manuka Oval had a run in with Tahir with one of the fans shouting “Why don’t you go stroke your pet camel?” at him. He had faced a similar incident at the same venue during the 2014 tour as well.