Indian fan abuses commentator, banned from entering Bay Oval

An Indian descendant fan has been banned by New Zealand Cricket following his eviction for abusing a commentator during Sunday night’s final Twenty20 international. 


Police sources said, the 24-year-old man was arrested for trespassing at around 10.20pm after he and another man verbally bullied an Indian commentator as he declined to sign an autograph. The abuse was loud enough to be heard in the microphone.

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In another incident last month, a man from Auckland was banned by NZC from entering into any stadium premises for two years for directing a racist insult at England fast bowler Jofra Archer during the Mount Maunganui test in November.

NZC public affairs manager Richard Boock stated the man would be banned from New Zealand grounds for the rest of the home season.

“At the moment, as far as his future entry to arenas for the rest of the home international summer, any booking he has made has been blocked while we’re assessing what went on and deciding what should happen,” Boock said.

Boock further informed as many as twelve fans were evicted from Bay Oval for either using offensive language or disruption to other spectators. Two of them were arrested.

In the tour, India created history by becoming the first team to register a five nil whitewash against New Zealand at their home.

The first of the three one-day internationals will start on Wednesday in Hamilton. 

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