Malcolm denies race row

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Devon Malcolm yesterday denied his dispute with the England manager, Ray Illingworth, had anything to do with his colour despite his having asked if he would have been treated the same way if he had been a white bowler.

A statement issued yesterday by his solicitors, Meer Care and Desai, said: "Recent media comment has suggested that Devon Malcolm has accused the tour management of discriminating against him because of his colour.

"Mr Malcolm has not alleged that either the TCCB [Test and County Cricket Board] or the tour management discriminated against him on account of race, but felt that he had been treated harshly on tour. Devon Malcolm's reference to colour, as reported, was in the context of his trying to understand the reasons for his treatment and was one of several reasons considered by him."

Illingworth said: "The only person affected is me, and I am very upset. But I have spoken with Lord's and I am sure they will take the necessary action."

Members of Malcolm's club, Derbyshire, voted unanimously at their annual general meeting yesterday to send a message of support to him.