Australia vs Pakistan: Controversy erupts over racist term in PAK scorecard, Cricket Australia apologizes

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A huge controversy erupted during Pakistan’s warmup game in their tour of Australia when an Australian journalist posted a TV grab from the Fox Cricket broadcast where the scoreboard showed the racist term ‘Paki’ as a reference to Pakistan.

It happened during Pakistan’s warmup game vs the Prime Minister’s XI at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday. The blunder led to Cricket Australia being left red-faced and they produced an apology which was also quoted by journalist Daany Saeed, who had pointed out the initial error.

“The graphic was an automatic feed from a data provider which had not been used previously for a Pakistan game. This was obviously regrettable, and the error we corrected manually as soon as it came to light,” Saeed wrote on X, saying that it was a clarification from CA.

Earlier, Saeed had tweeted, “The choice to run with “PAKI” on the Fox ticker over the traditional “PAK” is…quite a choice,” along with a screengrab of the blunder.

For the uninitiated, ‘Paki’ is a racist term for a person from Pakistan or South Asia by birth or descent.

In the match, Pakistan captain Shan Masood struck 201 not out as his side declared the first innings at 391 for 9. Jordan Buckingham was the pick of Australian Prime Minister’s XI with figures of 5/80 as he dismissed Imam-ul-Haq (9), Babar Azam (40), Sarfaraz Ahmed (41), Aamer Jamal (5) and Mir Hamza (8).

In reply, Australian Prime Minister’s XI reached 149 for 2 at stumps on Thursday.

Pakistan will play three Tests against Australia as a part of the ongoing series with the first Test taking place in Perth from December 14-18.

It’ll be followed by the second Test in Melbourne from December 26-30 and finally end with the third Test at Sydney, scheduled to take place from January 3-7.

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