Lawyer condemns Cricket Scotland as Haq is cleared over tweet
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Anwar was told early yesterday that Cricket Scotland had withdrawn from discussions and would issue no charges against Haq.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.