Indian board left to deal with Symonds incident

Australia won't complain about crowd chants

Cricinfo staff

October 13, 2007

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Cricket Australia will let the Indian board take action - if any - over "monkey chants" directed at Andrew Symonds during the fifth one-day match in Vadodara. Cricket Australia has not complained about the incident that occurred on the boundary towards the end of the nine-wicket victory on Thursday and the ICC will wait to see if Chris Broad, the match referee, mentions it in his match report.

"If that indicates an issue then, as appropriate, we would write to the host board, in this case the BCCI, asking for their comments before proceeding further," an ICC spokesman said in the Australian. However, Goolam Vahanvati, India's solicitor-general who conducted an investigation into racism in Australia's crowds in 2005-06, believes a formal complaint should be made by the visiting team. "My views on this matter are very clear: there is no place for racism in sport at all," Vahanvati told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Symonds has not made a public comment about the taunts, which local authorities claimed were chants appealing for divine intervention against the impending loss, and a CA spokesman and Adam Gilchrist said the team was "moving on". Peter Young, the CA spokesman, said: "We've left it in the hands of the Indian cricket authorities. We're confident they'll do everything they need to do in the same way that we would if we were the responsible cricket board here."

Gilchrist said there wasn't much discussion about the incident by the Australian players. "It's in the hands of the administrators," Gilchrist said, "so we'll wait and see where it goes from there, but I believe 'Symmo' is pretty happy to move on and try and get the focus back on his cricket.

"There's obviously no room for that anywhere in the world. It's up to the administrators if they want to look into it or not. It's very hard to know how to deal with it." The sixth game of the controversial seven-match series, which Australia leads 3-1, is in Nagpur on Sunday.

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