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Home / Cricket / ‘Called some rowdy Pakistan supporters animals’: Herschelle Gibbs recalls his 2007 ban

‘Called some rowdy Pakistan supporters animals’: Herschelle Gibbs recalls his 2007 ban

Following this episode, the ICC had banned Gibbs for two Tests for making racists remarks during the first Test of the series at Centurion. Gibbs had then appealed against the ban but the ICC rejected it.

cricket Updated: Jan 22, 2020 09:44 IST
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Hindustan Times
File image of Herschelle Gibbs
File image of Herschelle Gibbs (Getty Images)

Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs recalled the series against Pakistan back in 2007 when he was handed a two-Test ban for using a racial slur against a section of Pakistani spectators in a home Test series. Asked by one of his Twitter followers about the comments he made at the those fans, Gibbs wrote: “Called some rowdy Pakistan supporters animals. They forced my son and his mother out of their seats in front of the players viewing area”.

 

Following this episode, the ICC had banned Gibbs for two Tests for making racists remarks during the first Test of the series at Centurion. Gibbs had then appealed against the ban but the ICC rejected it. The stump microphone caught Gibbs saying that Pakistani supporters were behaving “like bloody animals”.

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The flamboyant opener played 90 Tests and 248 ODIs for South Africa, score 6167 and 8094 runs respectively. He also featured in 23 T20 Internationals.

This is not the first time Gibbs has spoken about the episode. In his autobiography -- To The Point -- he mentions that the entire South African team was irritated by the unruly behaviour of the Pakistani fans. He says the fans made a huge noise and even kicked his son Rashard and wife Liesl out of their seats in the stands.

“All of us Proteas were getting pretty irritated and unfortunately the stump microphones picked up our displeasure,” Gibbs wrote in the book.

“You could call me many, many things, but a racist was a bit of a stretch, to say the least, especially concerning Muslims. I’m coloured, for goodness’s sake. I’ve got four Muslim aunts and about 10 Muslim cousins. How could I be racist,” Gibbs went on to write.

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