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IPL washes its hands off racism controversy

There were reports of a racist divide in the Kolkata Knight Riders team.

May 13, 2009, 8:11 PM IST
IPL washes its hands off racism controversy

Johannesburg: John Buchanan calls the allegations of a racial divide in his team "rubbish" and players in the league have also voiced their support for Buchanan and his team of coaches.

But is there an undertone of division within the teams between players from India and those from overseas?

"I won't even comment on such an inane thing," said Buchanan.

He may be under-fire but Buchanan isn't willing to let his personal reputation be slurred. His coaching staff, full of fellow Aussies is now being accused of creating a divide along racist lines in the Knight Riders team, although many find that hard to digest.

"I think it's ridiculous. Though I don't know what the allegations are but if it is has racial overtones I can't think of John Buchanan and his coaching staff (saying it)," said Deccan Chargers skipper and former Australian player Adam Gilchrist.

The success of the IPL is based largely on the synergy between Indian and overseas players. So while the debate, sparked off by former India captain Ajay Jadeja rumbles on, the players involved in the league aren't convinced.

"I think the message might be lost in translation. But when you are winning every body is happy and nobody wants to be on the other side," said Delhi Daredevils player Daniel Vettori.

Clearly the onus now is on the player or players involved in the incident to make a formal complaint. The IPL boss too says he won't act till that happens.

"We haven't heard anything. It's just the murmurs from the media. We have not received any official complaint. If we receive a complaint, then we will see," said IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.

It will be interesting to see if the Kolkata management and team owner Shah Rukh Khan will conduct an independent probe of their own to get to the bottom of the mess.

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