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08 December 2023

Pakistani insult? Cash register 'rings' for paceman Amir at Kiwi cricket stadium…

Mohammad Amir of Pakistan walks from the field injured during the first one-day international between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. (AFP)

By Cricket Correspondent

New Zealand Cricket has come down heavily on a stadium announcer for taunting tainted Pakistani paceman Muhammad Aamir during the third Twenty20 International at the Westpac Stadium, Mid-Day reports.
The 23-year-old youngster is playing in his first international tour since serving his suspension and jail term for his role in a 2010 spot-fixing saga.
Mark McLeod played a cash register sound effect during one of Aamir's spells during the match.
NZC CEO David White said he has since apologised to the Pakistan team, and has now publicly reprimanded McLeod.
"I think (playing the sound effect) was inappropriate and disrespectful, and has the effect of trivialising one of the biggest issues facing cricket at the moment," White told Fairfax New Zealand.
"I've contacted the Pakistan team management to apologise, and to assure them there will be no repeat."
However, White wasn't as apologetic about the behaviour of fans at the Basin Reserve.
"As opposed to a member of the public in the stands having a bit of banter and humour ... it's different," White said. "We can't direct people how to behave all the time.
"There's a line of drunken disorderly abusive behaviour but stadiums are full of people in groups together, around the world there is banter. I guess there is the line that people need to stay within."