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Latif cleared of alleged racial slur
February 12, 2003 18:28 IST
Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif has been cleared of a charge that he made a racist comment towards Australia's Adam Gilchrist during a World Cup match, Pakistan manager Shaharyar Khan told Reuters on Wednesday.
"Rashid Latif has been completely cleared from any wrongdoing he was charged with," Khan said after emerging early from an hour-long International Cricket Council hearing. "He has said he has the highest regard for Adam Gilchrist as a person."
The alleged incident happened during Tuesday's Group A match, which Australia won by 82 runs,
The 34-year-old Latif top-scored with 33 as Pakistan struggled to 228 all out in reply to the world champions' 310 for eight.
He has played 34 test matches and 144 one-day internationals since making his Pakistan debut in 1992.
Australia batsman Darren Lehmann was suspended for five matches last month after making a racist comment in his team's dressing room during a match against Sri Lanka.
The final game of Lehmann's ban was the match against Pakistan on Tuesday, and he will be available for Saturday's clash with India.
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