Just hours after Cricket Australia banned a spectator for a racist banner in the ongoing Test series between Australia and South Africa, reports of racist comments emerged from Zimbabwe. Reports suggested that a group of fans made racist abuse to certain Zimbabwe players in Harare.
After Zimbabwe lost their Test series 2-0 to Sri Lanka, a group of people among the
Condemning the incident by the crowd, Zimbabwe Cricket released a statement, stating, “Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) was deeply disturbed by the conduct of a section of fans who made abusive and racist chants targeted at our players during Zimbabwe’s just-ended Test series against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club.
"We condemn any act of racism, abuse or intolerance in cricket, in particular, and sport, in general.
"ZC strictly upholds the ICC Anti-Racism Code that confirms a level of commitment from the ICC and its members to promote and encourage participation at all levels regardless of race, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin and to ensure that there is no discrimination in the sport."
The board indicates that they will take serious steps to prevent such incidents in future.
The release further stated, "The ICC code also requires members to impose punishments including life bans on anyone found guilty of racial abuse.
"In this sense, ZC warns that it is taking steps to introduce sanctions against those involved in such incidents.
"There is absolutely no place for racism or any form of prejudice in the game of cricket."
The Africa country has earlier been plagued with racism and such taunts, which came to fore in the India’s tour to Zimbabwe, this year.