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Last Updated: Monday, 7 August 2006, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Aussie Jones sacked over TV slur
Dean Jones and Hasim Amla
Jones was referring to South African batsman Hashim Amla
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has been sacked by a Sri Lanka television station after an offensive remark he made was heard by viewers live on air.

Jones called South Africa batsman Hashim Amla "the terrorist" when he took a catch during the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

"It was a completely insensitive thing to say and obviously never supposed to be heard over the air," he said.

"It does not represent who I am, how I think or what I believe."

Former Australia Test batsman Jones was working for host broadcaster, Ten Sports, but the comments were also carried on South African station SuperSport.

South African officials took immediate exception to the comments and demanded the dismissal of Jones.

I'm gone, I'm on the 1am flight

Dean Jones

"We take the strongest exception to this comment," said Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola.

Majola said the matter would also be reported to the International Cricket Council.

"The switchboards of both Cricket South Africa and SuperSport have been jammed with calls from some very angry people," said Majola.

"SuperSport has confirmed Jones' remark after viewing tapes of the incident and his outrageous comment is heard quite clearly."

Jones, who played 52 Tests between 1984-92, regularly commentates on cricket in the Asian subcontinent, including England's tour of India earlier this year.

"I'm gone, I'm on the 1am flight," he told reporters in Colombo.

"I will be the first person to apologise to Hashim as soon as I get the chance, and I will assure him that prejudice against anybody, on any basis, is unacceptable and not something I will ever condone."



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