Former England captain Andrew Strauss was caught on microphone making derogatory remarks about ex-team mate Kevin Pietersen during an MCC v Rest of the World exhibition match at Lord’s on Saturday, media reports said.
Strauss was heard by viewers who were watching the coverage on Fox Sports in Australia. His comments were, however, not broadcast on British television.
He reportedly made the remarks while speaking to fellow commentator Nick Knight, forcing Sky Sports television to issue an apology.
“Earlier comments were made during a break of play which were heard overseas. We apologise for the language used,” the broadcaster said on its Twitter account.
According to The Daily Telegraph, former England captain was believed to be sitting at the back of the commentary box, and talking to Knight, when he used the c-word regarding Pietersen during an advertisement break.
His comment was therefore not heard by viewers in Britain. But they were heard by viewers of Fox Sports in Australia, where there was no advertisement break.
The former England captain later made a public apology to Kevin Pietersen after his inadvertent slur.
Finch outshines Yuvraj
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) romped to victory with 25 balls to spare versus Rest of the World as Aaron Finch blasted an unbeaten 181 in 145 balls. Finch and MCC skipper Sachin Tendulkar (44) shared a stand of 107 for the first wicket.
Brian Lara, who batted at No.3 made 23 off 38, but it was the Australian opener who was the star of the day. MCC were chasing 294 and their openers walked out to bat in overcast conditions. MCC needed a special innings and Finch produced just that by hitting 23 fours and six sixes. Earlier Yuvraj Singh, not part of India’s Test squad currently touring England, scored 132 off 134 balls to help the Rest of the World reach 293.
Brief scores: Rest of World: 293/7 in 50 ovs (Yuvraj Singh 132, Paul Collingwood 40; Saeed Ajmal 4/40) lost to MCC 296/ 3 in 45.5 ovs (Aaron Finch 181, Sachin Tendulkar 44; Paul Collingwood 2/25).