Cricket supporters are standing by Imran Tahir after he confronted a young cricket fan who insulted him after the fourth Momentum One-Day International (ODI) match against India at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday night.
The Proteas spin bowler was not part of the starting XI that played in the Pink ODI.
The video was posted on the DURBAN CRIME N ALL Facebook group by Creelan Govindsamy on Sunday.
Govindsamy’s caption read: “Footage from yesterday – apparently Tahir assaulted a child for telling him he is useless. Then all hell broke loose with other spectators standing up for the child but no assault was caught on video”.
In the video, Tahir is seen arguing with and a group of spectators in the stands. At one point during the altercation, the Pakistani born spinner asks the adults if the child had any manners.
However, the video does not show Tahir assaulting the young boy but it shows him defending himself and the parents of the young boy swearing.
The National Team’s Media Manager, Lerato Malekutu said Cricket South Africa is aware of the video footage which features Tahir on social media.
“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,” explained Malekutu.
She also said that according to 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.
Source: Daily News