Cricket Australia, has abandoned plans to use Andrew Symonds’ face for an appeal this summer to improve crowd behaviour.
Cricket Australia, however, denied that the racial abuse suffered by Symonds in India in the just-concluded Test and ODI series had anything to do with the decision.
Other plans to try and reduce abhorrent crowd behaviour, particularly during ODIs, include putting messages on beer mugs reminding spectators to keep their behaviour in check while drinking.
CA public affairs manager Peter Young was quoted by The Australian newspaper as saying that, portraying players in the campaign could put undue pressure on them and affect their match focus.
Don’t retaliate, Ponting tells fans
Sydney: Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting on Monday said while some Indian players would likely be given a “hard time” by fans when they played Down Under, he hoped this would not include racial taunts such as those endured by Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds in India.
The Australian skipper singled out paceman S. Sreesanth, who has been involved in on-field verbal clashes with Symonds, as one likely target.
Cheerleaders under police scanner
Mumbai: The scantily-clad squads of ‘cheerleaders’ during the recent India-Australia T20 match here have come under police scannner with deputy chief minister RR Patil announcing that he would review video tapes to see if the group indulged in obscene behaviour.