Pakistanis in protest at fans' conduct

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Australian Cricket Board officials are investigating claims that several Pakistan players were verbally abused by the crowd during Wednesday's limited overs international in Sydney.

The players' identities have not been disclosed, but they have complained they were victims of racism during the World Series match that the tourists won by four wickets.

Police arrested eight men for going on to the playing field, including one man who slid stomach-down into the stumps, and removed 86 spectators for unruly behaviour. Another six spectators were arrested on charges including offensive behaviour.

Australia's captain, Mark Taylor, said: "I think everyone has been disappointed at various times with crowds elsewhere, and we seem to be following suit."

The New South Wales bowler Anthony Stuart has been called into the Australian squad to replace the injured Paul Reiffel for Sunday's one- day international against the West Indies in Brisbane.

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