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Hashim Amla condemns Mumbai terror attacks

December 11, 2008 13:34 IST

Once referred to as "terrorist" by a commentator, South Africa batsman Hashim Amla condemned acts of terrorism, like the recent Mumbai terror attacks, in no uncertain terms.

"I'm not involved in politics, but if you look at Islam, the way I have been taught and the way I have learnt Islam, it gives me a lot of stability and discipline. If a Muslim is doing something like that [terror attacks] it is certainly condemned in Islam," said Amla, who was once was called a terrorist by Dean Jones, during commentary at a Test in Colombo two years ago.

"As a person playing cricket, I don't think people have to separate religion and sport," he was quoted as saying by The Australian.

The bearded batsman has been sometimes described as Asian but 25-year old Amla does not give much thought to such talk.

"People may see you as an Indian, or a Muslim, or whatever the case is, but I don't put that in my mind."

Asked about his team-mates having a beer sponsor blazed across their clothing, which he does not have, Amla replied, "It is nothing new. Since I made my debut in 2004 it was an issue then but fortunately South Africa is a country that is very understanding.

"We do come from a difficult past with racial prejudices. So our country is very much accepting to differences. I put in the request to the United Cricket Board at the time. They accepted and the sponsors were very accommodating as well. For me the issue is dead and buried with the team and the South African people."

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