Cricket controversy downplayed

TWEED cricketer Jeffrey Singh-Gosel believes the racism controversy surrounding the Test cricket series between Australia and%India has been blown "way out of proportion" and said it would only be resolved once everyone had moved on. "I think they've just got to get on the field and start playing cricket again," Mr Singh-Gosel said. "You've just got to move on." Mr Singh-Gosel is one of the many players that make up a strong Indian presence within the Tweed cricket competition. His words come after the Indian cricket board ordered its players not to continue their tour of Australia unless a three-Test ban imposed on off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for calling Aussie all-rounder Andrew Symonds a "monkey", was overturned. Mr Singh-Gosel is set to captain the Tweed's "India" side during the annual Australia versus India cricket match at Tyalgum on Australia Day. He said he was not expecting the national cricket controversy to stir up any issues or spark extra competition among the players. "We always play in light spirits," Mr Singh-Gosel said. "It has always been a good day. Everyone gets on well." Mr Singh-Gosel said in his cricketing experience he had not come across players using racial slurs within the local games. "I think we just go along and play the game," he said. "Here, once the umpire makes a decision, you cop it on the chin. It might be different at a national level." The Stokers Siding resident, who plays for the Murwillumbah side, yesterday told the Tweed Daily News he had not spoken to other local cricketers about the recent controversy, but said it would most likely get mentioned among his teammates at the weekend. "We'll probably have a laugh about it on Saturday when cricket resumes." Another local Indian cricket identity, Janda Singh, told the Tweed Daily News he thought the recent media attention could lift the game because it had recaptured the jaded public interest.



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