Cricket Australia apologises over laser use

Cricket Australia has apologised to the South African team after a laser light was flashed at a fielder during last night's Twenty20 match at the Gabba.

updated: January 14, 2009 08:25 IST
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Australia's six-wicket victory over South Africa in the second Twenty20 international has been marred by allegations of a laser light been flashed at fielders of the visiting team forcing Cricket Australia to tender an apology.

Television replays picked up a green streak of light flash across the face of South Africa pacer Wayne Parnell as he dropped a difficult catch offered by Mike Hussey.

He went on to make an unbeaten 53 and shared a 69-run unbroken partnership with Cameron White to guide Australia home in a tense finish on Tuesday.

Though the South African team did not complaint, CA apologised to the visitors for the laser incident.

"It's just not cricket to do this sort of thing, it's stupid," Cricket Australia's public affairs manager Peter Young said.

"But the South African team has advised that it didn't affect them and they're not proposing to make a complaint.

Cricket Australia has apologised to them that this has happened while they are guests in this country and they have accepted that apology," Young was quoted as saying in 'ABC News'.

Young also said steps would be taken so that this kind of incident does not happen again.

"We're seeking police advice about what the maximum penalty might be. Our manager of crowd security is talking to police today just to understand that.

"If we detect people doing this sort of thing, we will react to the maximum possible extent that we can. We're just taking advice on whether or not we can have charges laid," Young said.