India vs Australia: Fox Sports commentator Kerry O'Keeffe apologises after his 'canteen staff' insult of Mayank Agarwal causes stir

O'Keeffe's remark tickled a raw nerve and a lot of criticism was directed his way. The audio or video clip of the comment isn't available but multiple reactions calling out the barb created noticeable buzz on Twitter.

FirstCricket Staff, Dec 26, 2018 17:23:10 IST

Former Australia cricketer and now a broadcaster, Kerry O'Keeffe, has apologised after his "tongue-in-cheek" derision of Indian debutant Mayank Agarwal earned him online flak on Wednesday.

O'Keeffe took a jibe at India's debutant Mayank Agarwal’s top score of 304* in first-class cricket during the opening day of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India in Melbourne on Wednesday.

While commentating for Fox Sports, O'Keeffe stated that Agarwal's triple hundred in came against "canteen staff and waiters."

Opening batsman Agarwal slammed a maiden Test half-century — a solid and vital 76 — before he fell off Pat Cummins' bowling.

O'Keeffe's remark tickled a raw nerve. The audio or video clip of the comment isn't available but multiple reactions calling out the barb created noticeable buzz on Twitter.

Well-known cricket journalist Melinda Farrell too noted the dig and said that it was "pretty uncool to ridicule the FC competition of another country".

Former cricketer Mark Waugh, who was O'Keeffe's co-commentator during the time he passed the statement, said that Agarwal’s first-class average of over 50 is like 40 in Australia, which was also not well received.

A user reasoned India's success in Test cricket to its robust first-class system in place.

While another user called for more sterner action to be taken by the broadcasters.

Later in the day, O’Keeffe sought to clear the air for his comments. As reported in news.com.au, he said “I was mentioning the runs Agarwal got in first-class cricket in India and there’s been a reaction,” he said. “There was no way I was demeaning the standard, it was tongue in cheek. There are lots of runs scored so apologies if anyone out there took offence.”

Waugh, too offered a clarification while replying to a user on Twitter.

India ended the opening day of Melbourne Test at 215/2.

Updated Date: Dec 26, 2018 17:23:10 IST






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