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Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince has revealed that he did not consider Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale’s comments about him being a Kolpak racist.
Gale is expected to be hit with a Level 3 charge by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) during a disciplinary hearing, which is likely to take place in early October.
“I took offence at the way he spoke to me,” Prince told South African internet-based radio station Ballz Radio. “To be quite honest, I didn’t stand there and think that might be a racial slur.
“The guy walked towards me and had a go and I defended myself. The ECB feel it has racial connotations and it’s up to them to do whatever they want to do.”
Gale has also been accused to telling Prince to “f*** o** back to your own country”.
Meanwhile, Prince also stated that it was “laughable” for people to think that he had started the heated dispute.
“I don’t think I’ve come across anyone in my 270-odd first-class matches who has abused a fielder for moving from backward point to silly point,” he said. “So to suggest I sparked off this incident is laughable.
“I didn’t say anything. I was stood in the middle of the pitch as it was coming to cut-off time, they were bowling two spinners and wanted to bowl as many overs as possible. Obviously, the experienced player I am, I was stood in the middle of the pitch tying up my thigh pad and taking as long as possible to make sure there would only be one more over.
“He’s taken offence to this – it’s a ploy of timewasting, I’ll admit this but everyone who has ever played the game as done it, it’s nothing new – and he’s come from backward point to silly point, walking in my direction, and hurled a whole lot of abuse at me. Those who know me and those who have played against me know I will not tolerate that type of thing. I defended myself and whatever was said, was said.”