Claims of racial abuse denied by Namibia

Bermuda contemplate official complaint to ICC

Cricinfo staff

November 1, 2005

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Bermuda are likely to lodge an official complaint over the way they claim they were treated during their two one-day matches in Namibia last week.

The games were marred by ill-feeling and controversy, and the second match ended with Gus Logie, Bermuda's coach, leading his side from the field in protest at his tailenders being subjected to a barrage of bouncers. Logie and Andy Waller, Namibia's coach, then traded insults at the post-match press conference.

A report in Bermuda's Royal Gazette referred to "allegations of prejudicial treatment off the field and racial sledging on it" in the report of El James, the tour manager. James refused to be drawn ahead of formally submitting the assessment to the board.

It has also emerged that the matches almost didn't take place at all after a row between the two countries over dates and allegations that Bermudan players were snubbed in the nets. An ICC official, in the country for the Intercontinental Cup finals, persuaded Bermuda to remain.

"The way the game ended was unfortunate, very unfortunate," Laurie Peters, the Namibian Cricket Board president, told the paper. "You never want to see a game of cricket end that way and it is a shame. We were very keen to play the Bermudians and we are glad to have played the matches. And I'd just like to say that if they need any help in the future with their World Cup preparations, we are here with any advice and help they want."

But he denied that there had been an racial abuse. "No way, wouldn't have happened," he said. "In this country we are only too aware of these sort of issues. There is none of that in our cricket."

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