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“I fail to see how anyone could interpret my introduction of Monty Panesar as racial slurring”
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) producer David Nixon has denied claims of using an Indian accent to introduce England spinner Monty Panesar when he was coming on to bowl during the two-day warm-up match against the Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI in Alice Springs.
While Nixon admitted that his broadcasting style was not to everyone’s taste, he insisted that he was not a racist.
“I absolutely refute any allegation that I feigned an Indian accent,” Nixon said. “For most of my adult life I have worked with people from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds to help them share their stories.
“My focus in that work is to help overcome any sensationalist or negative stereotypes that can sometimes filter through the media. That I find myself in the eye of this storm is upsetting in the extreme.
“I fail to see how anyone could interpret my introduction of Monty Panesar as racial slurring. I am certainly responsible for what I say, but not what people hear.
“I had, however, been rebuked by a Cricket Australia representative on a number of occasions for my irreverence. ‘That’s not how we roll’ the CA staffer said after I’d welcomed patrons to the ground on day two then mentioned that both teams were on the ground were practising their interpretive dance moves. They were stretching pre-match.
“Upon arriving back at my post after the lunch break on day two, I was met by a Cricket Australia representative who politely said words to the effect of, ‘We think that your personal style conflicts with ours and so we’ve relieved you for the afternoon.’ There was no mention made of my introduction of Monty Panesar or of a complaint being made. There was and is no evidence to support the allegation whatsoever and I will seek clarification from Cricket Australia on their decision to stand me down.”
The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently confirmed that they would not be involving themselves in the situation.