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Inzamam slams Aussies double standards

Lahore, Jan 9 (UNI) Lambasting the Australian team for their double standards in the racism row, former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said the Asian players are always at the recieving end and the Oz are getting the taste of their own medicine.

Inzamam said, ''The Asian players are facing curse of racism for the last many years. In fact they are treated very harshly whenever there is a row between them and the Australians.'' Inzamam also said that racial taunt allegation was more insulting than the ban and reckons that BCCI have done the right thing by making a stand.

''The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has taken the right step by lodging their protest with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and suspending the tour,'' he said.

The Indian cricket board threatened to call off the Australian tour after Harbhajan was handed a three-match ban for allegedly racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

Blasting at Australia's cricketers over the racism row that threatened to bring a premature end to India's tour Down Under, Inzamam said, ''I have played a large part of my cricket against the Aussies.

''Sometimes they said some nasty stuff, sometimes we did and then we moved on. We did not behave like cry babies and drag it to the officials,'' the 37-year-old told the 'Daily Times'.

''They do it constantly and much more than anyone else. So how they can go out and complain about other teams?'' Inzamam faced a similar situation in 2006 in England when Australian umpire Darrell Hair accused his team of ball tampering during the Oval Test.


Story first published: Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 19:16 [IST]
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