Hussain loses Indian TV job due to 'donkey' jibe

Nasser Hussain used the word donkeys for Indian fielders during their one-off Twenty20 against England on August 31 Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Sep 7, 2011

Indian TV broadcaster Neo Sports have decided to withdraw their plan to have Nasser Hussain as commentator for the One-Day International series between India and England in October.

A Neo Sports official was quoted in Times of India as saying, “We were planning to consider him for our studio shows but after his comments on Indian cricketers, I don’t think he will be considered at all. We have to keep the sentiments of the cricketers and viewers in mind.”

Earlier taking strong objection to former England captain Nasser Hussain’s comparison of Indian cricketers to ‘donkeys’, the BCCI had decided to take up the issue with the English Cricket Board (ECB).

Hussain’s comments have already evoked criticism from the Indian media and some former players.

Former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin strongly objected to ex-England skipper Nasser Hussain’s comparison of Indian cricketers to ‘donkeys’, saying that the Englishman must apologise to the team and the players for his comment.

Neo Sports is now considering legendary all-rounder Ian Botham or David Lloyd for the commentary job.