New Zealand apologize for taunting Amir

WEB DESK: New Zealand Cricket have given a warning to stadium announcer,Mark McLeod, for taunting Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir during the third T20 on Friday.

McLeod, who is contracted by NZC, had played a cash register sound effect during one of Amir’s spells during the match at Westpac Stadium. NZC CEO David White said he has since apologised to the Pakistan team, and has now publicly reprimanded McLeod, ESPN Cricinfo reported.

“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.”

Pakistan’s team management have also confirmed there was a spectator who flashed money and jewellery at Pakistan players during the first ODI. Mohammad Hafeez had brought the fan’s behaviour to the notice of the team’s security personnel, who then sought out the fan and asked him to stop.

Source: ESPN Cricinfo