Inzamam slams Aussies
Inzamam-ul-Haq has accused Australia of acting like 'cry-babies' for complaining about racist abuse.
Last Updated: 09/01/08 11:28am
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has criticised the Australian team for complaining about racist abuse during the second Test against India.
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting lodged an official complaint against Harbhajan Singh after he was overheard calling Andrew Symonds a 'monkey' -an offence for which the spinner was subsequently banned for three Tests.
However, Inzamam insists that many things are said during the heat of a Test match - including by Australian players - and that they should be forgotten once the match is over.
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. They do it constantly and much more than anyone else. So how can they go out and complain about other teams?"
The 37-year-old batsman believes Asian players always get a raw deal when they are in a dispute with the Australians.
"The Asian players have faced the curse of racism for the last several years," he said.
"In fact they are treated very harshly whenever there is a row between them and the Australians."
The Australians' complaint against Harbhajan led to a three-Test ban for the India off-spinner, which has since been challenged.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have threatened to halt the tour if the 27-year-old is not exonerated.
Inzamam reckons the BCCI have done the right thing by making a stand.
"The BCCI has taken the right step by lodging their protest with the International Cricket Council and suspending the tour," he told the Daily Times.