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Old 02-Sep-2011
Harpreet Seehra
Hussain's 'donkey' comments irk BCCI

The BCCI took strong objection to former England captain Nasser Hussain's comparison of Indian cricketers to 'donkeys

'BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said that the Board would look into the reported 'donkey' comment of Nasser Hussain during the lone Twenty20 match between India and England in Manchester on Wednesday.
"Hussain's comment was totally uncalled for. One should adopt restraint while making observations about players," Shukla told reporters outside the Indian Parliament.
"Commentators should not make such comments. We will definitely look into it.
"Every player has to be respected irrespective of his performance. I don't think this comment was appropriate," he added.
Hussain's comment came after Parthiv Patel misjudged Kevin Pietersen's catch off Munaf Patel's bowling.
"I would say the difference between the two sides is the fielding. England are all-round a good fielding side. I do believe that India have three or four very good fielders and one or two donkeys in the field still," he had said.
Hussain's comments have already evoked criticism from the Indian media and some former players.
Azharuddin demands apology from Nasser Hussain
Mohammad Azharuddin on Friday strongly objected to Nasser Hussain's comparison of Indian cricketers to 'donkeys', saying that the Englishman must apologise to the team and the players for his comment.
"He (Nasser) has been a captain. He should not have said so. He should tender apology. There are many ways of commenting but calling players 'donkey' is unbecoming of a player of his stature," said Azharuddin.
Azharuddin said "He should definitely tender apology to the Indian team, specially to those fielders at that time." on Friday.

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