Lawyer con­demns Cricket Scot­land as Haq is cleared over tweet

The Herald - Sport - - FINAL SAY - DAVID KELSO

A LEAD­ING lawyer has crit­i­cised Cricket Scot­land for launch­ing a dis­ci­plinary in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Ma­jid Haq over an al­legedly racist tweet – af­ter the gov­ern­ing body said no fur­ther ac­tion would be taken against the coun­try’s most-capped player.

Haq, who was sus­pended af­ter he was sent home from the World Cup in Aus­tralia in March, was told yesterday he could re­turn to ac­tion with the na­tional team. But lawyer Aamer An­war said there should have been no in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the first place.

Haq ad­mit­ted hav­ing tweeted “Al­ways tougher when you’re in the mi­nor­ity” af­ter he was left out of Scot­land’s line-up for a match against Sri Lanka. The Cly­des­dale player in­sisted the com­ment was not racially mo­ti­vated, de­spite the fact his tweet con­tained the hash­tags “colour” and “race”.

Haq was banned pend­ing a later hear­ing and the threat of fur­ther pun­ish- ment by the rul­ing body. How­ever, no pro­ceed­ings were for­mally con­vened af­ter the player sought le­gal ad­vice from Glas­gow-based An­war.

Haq was also told by Cricket Scot­land to is­sue a full apol­ogy for the tweet but re­fused, in­sist­ing he had done noth­ing to say sorry for.

An­war was told early yesterday that Cricket Scot­land had with­drawn from dis­cus­sions and would is­sue no charges against Haq.

An­war said: “I’m glad to see Cricket Scot­land have fi­nally lifted the sus­pen- sion of Ma­jid Haq af­ter three long months of a dis­ci­plinary in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“That any­one should be pun­ished for tweet­ing ‘al­ways tougher when you’re in the mi­nor­ity’ sends out the wrong mes­sage. Cricket Scot­land should take a long hard look at their pro­ce­dures.

“Mr Haq wishes to make no com­ment. It has been a hugely stress­ful time for him and es­pe­cially his par­ents. He is now look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to play­ing cricket.”

A Cricket Scot­land spokesman said: “Fol­low­ing care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of mat­ters, we have de­cided to take no fur­ther ac­tion against Ma­jid Haq af­ter the in­ci­dents which led to him leav­ing the squad at the World Cup, Mr Haq is free, with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, to re­turn to his du­ties un­der his con­tract with Cricket Scot­land.”

All-rounder Haq, 32, has made 210 ap­pear­ances for Scot­land and is the na­tion’s top wicket-taker.

Scot­land’s next match is a home meet­ing with Nepal in the World Cricket League Cham­pi­onship at the end of next month.

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