Cricket South Africa investigates racial slur aimed at Imran Tahir

South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir was allegedly subjected to racial abuse during a game at the Wanderers against India. (AFP)
Updated 12 February 2018
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Cricket South Africa investigates racial slur aimed at Imran Tahir

JOHANNESBURG: South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir was allegedly subjected to racial abuse during the fourth one-day international against India at the Wanderers Stadium last Saturday.
In a brief statement, Cricket South Africa said it was aware of video footage of Tahir being circulated on social media.
According to the statement: “Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man. Tahir reported the incident to the stadium security, and was subsequently accompanied by two security personnel to identify and to have the man ejected from the stadium.
“Tahir made no physical contact with the offender or any of the children in the vicinity. The incident is under investigation with the CSA and stadium security teams.”
The Cricbuzz website quoted South African team manager Mohammed Moosajee as saying that Tahir, who was not in the playing 11, was abused by the same person whenever he went onto the field on drinks duties. Tahir believed the spectator was an Indian supporter.
Moosajee said there had been some “hostile verbal exchanges.”
A Cricket South Africa spokesman said later on Monday that the organization was waiting for a full report from security officials.


England’s Oliver Fisher cards first 59 in European Tour history

Updated 21 September 2018
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England’s Oliver Fisher cards first 59 in European Tour history

  • The 30-year-old tapped in for par on the final hole to complete an astonishing 12-under-par round featuring 10 birdies and an eagle
  • Fisher, who was regarded as a possible future star as a teenage amateur, is ranked down at 287 in the world and had missed 11 cuts in his 22 previous events

VILAMOURA: Unheralded Englishman Oliver Fisher fired the first round of 59 in the European Tour’s 46-year history on a remarkable second day of the Portugal Masters on Friday.
The 30-year-old tapped in for par on the final hole to complete an astonishing 12-under-par round featuring 10 birdies and an eagle, after his long birdie putt for a 58 grazed the edge of the hole.
“It feels great, I started great and I kept it going,” Fisher said. “Just pleased I two-putted from 40 feet on the final green.”
Fisher, who was regarded as a possible future star as a teenage amateur, is ranked down at 287 in the world and had missed 11 cuts in his 22 previous events this season.
He also had to battle to save his tour card at the same tournament two years ago, but scaled heights that thousands of players had failed to reach before with his efforts on Friday.
“Two years ago I was on the same green just trying to keep my card, so I was keeping that in the back of my mind and trying to remember that it could be worse,” he added.
Fisher’s round gave him the clubhouse lead on 12-under for the tournament, with the majority of players still on the course.
Two other men had come close to the magical number at the Portugal Masters, with Scott Jamieson and Nicolas Colsaerts both missing putts to break 60 in 2013 and 2014 respectively.