Malcolm Waller racially abused by Zimbabwe fans for dropped catch

The Zimbabwe Cricket board has condemned alleged racist remarks against Malcolm Waller by Zimbabwe supporters during the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka.

Malcolm Waller, a white player, is understood to have had made complaints that he was racially abused when he dropped a sitter in the first session on day four of the 2nd Test.

“We are also disappointed by such racist rants, if they were really made,” Tapfumaneyi Vivian Banhire, the chairman of the ZCSU (Zimbabwe Cricket Supporters Union), said.  “Our supporters union has no such members who engaged in such behavior”.

Zimbabwe heavily lost both Test matches played in Harare. Graeme Cremer’s team lost the 1st Test by a margin of 225 runs and the 2nd Test by 257 runs.

Zimbabwe fans may have been disappointed with the recent Test series loss against the visiting Sri Lanka team, but they are not annoyed this time. During June’s defeat to India supporters had held up player cards reading ‘Zim Cricket Players should be arrested and face treason’.

“We have always supported the players and the team through thick and thin and we still believe they will one day rise again to be a force to reckon with. We will always stand by our team,” Banhire added.

“The fans made themselves clear during the India series and I believe the players had got the message and therefore there was no need to continue with waving such play cards again. The fans are very happy that we have come this far.

“But we mainly worried about the number of matches we play,” he added. “We have played only 100 Tests but some players from other countries who debuted just 10 or so years ago have gone on to play more than 100 Tests already”.

Bipin Dani

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
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