NZ sta­dium an­nouncer rep­ri­manded for Amir taunt

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New Zealand Cricket has ad­mon­ished a sta­dium an­nouncer for taunt­ing Pak­istan fast bowler Mo­ham­mad Amir dur­ing the third T20 on Fri­day. Long-time an­nouncer Mark McLeod, who is con­tracted by NZC, had played a cash reg­is­ter sound ef­fect dur­ing one of Amir's spells dur­ing the match at West­pac Sta­dium. NZC CEO David White said he has since apol­o­gised to the Pak­istan team, and has now pub­licly rep­ri­manded McLeod.

Amir is play­ing in his first in­ter­na­tional tour since be­ing sus­pended for spot-fix­ing in 2010. "I think [play­ing the sound ef­fect] was in­ap­pro­pri­ate and dis­re­spect­ful, and has the ef­fect of triv­i­al­is­ing one of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing cricket at the mo­ment," White told Fairfax New Zealand. "I've con­tacted the Pak­istan team man­age­ment to apol­o­gise, and to as­sure them there will be no re­peat." Amir has had a luke­warm re­sponse from New Zealand crowds upon his re­turn. There were cheers for him dur­ing his first match in five years, at Eden Park, though a much smaller cho­rus of boos was also heard.

Pak­istan's team man­age­ment have also con­firmed there was a spec­ta­tor who flashed money and jew­ellery at Pak­istan play­ers dur­ing the first ODI. On that oc­ca­sion, Mo­ham­mad Hafeez had brought the fan's be­hav­iour to the no­tice of the team's se­cu­rity per­son­nel, who then sought out the fan and asked him to stop.

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