During the coin toss of the Kings XI Punjab’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore , New Zealand commentator thought it was funny to dress up as a Sikh to toss the coin. The commentator’s appearance looking like a Sikh caused many on twitter to be outraged. Morrison issued the following statement after the backlash:
#vivoipl2016 Dear sports fans, especially those in UK / SA / NZ..host broadcaster Sony tv asked me to dress up & we cleared wth bosses! 🙏
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) May 10, 2016
Others weren’t so amused:
Danny Morrison dressing up as a Sikh is wrong on so many levels. It's offensive to our intelligence. They're trying to dumb you down.
— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) May 9, 2016
“In my personal view, I didn’t think it was offensive,” Bhikhu Bhana, president of the NZICA, told Stuff.co.nz.
“When you look at Danny Morrison, and I’m an avid cricket follower, he welcomed everyone in a place called Mohali, which is in the Punjab.
“And he welcomed them in their language too, basically saying ‘Kia Ora’. And that was it really. I couldn’t see anything that was offensive at all.
“Cricket can open bridges really and I think Danny tries to do it sometimes. Look at the crowds there. They’re having a good time. From my point of view, I can see nothing culturally offensive from Danny Morrison.”