Fans Slam Former Australian leg-spinner- O’Keefe
Mayank Agarwal who became only the second debut, Indian batsman, to open the innings at the ongoing Test in Australia, played really well and went onto to become the second Indian opener to score 50 runs on his debut away from home after the great Sunil Gavaskar.
While fans from both sides appreciated Agarwal’s knock, Australian commentator and former cricketer Kerry O’Keefe came under fire for his ‘racist’ remarks.
Former Australian leg-spinner O’Keeffe while commentating for Fox Sports tried to undermine the debutant Mayank Agarwal’s brilliant knock of 76 against the Australia cricket team at the MCG. O’Keeffe perhaps disturbed by the dominance of the Indian team against Australia went on the question the quality of Indian first-class cricket system by racially abusing players who play in domestic cricket.
Doing commentary for Fox Sports, along side Mark Waugh and Shane Warne, during the third Test match between India and Australia, O’Keefe remarked that the triple century that Agarwal had scored earlier in the Ranji Trophy, came against some team like ‘Canteen XI’, where the bowlers were some chefs and waiters. He was also critical of India’s domestic cricket scene, and even Waugh was heard saying that 50 runs for India is 40 runs for Australia.
Fans were quick to slam O’Keefe for his remarks, with Indian AND Australian cricket-lovers teaming up to defend Agarwal.
Kerry O’Keefe said the Indian domestic system has teams like “Canteen XI” where the bowlers are Chefs and Waiters.
It might just be me, but it’s pretty uncool to ridicule the FC comp of another country while using dubious stereotypes for a cheap laugh…
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 26, 2018
Casual racism from Kerry O’Keefe. Mayank deserved his spot in the XI regardless of how he performs this tour. If scoring 300 in Ranji is as easy as he thinks, let any Aussie batsman come here and try to score one. I bet most of them would fail. #AUSvIND https://t.co/aUDPY1yxwY
— Shreyas (@niyamagaana) December 26, 2018
55 International Wicket
1418 International Runs
Idiot stats look like Canteen Allrounder.
— Cricket Freak❤️ (@Surana9Naveen) December 26, 2018