By Chris Pike
The actions of 37-year-old Yangebup man David James Fraser in running onto the WACA in Sunday’s fifth one-day international and tackling Latif to the ground made a mockery of the ground’s security and dented the WACA’s reputation.
WACA chief executive Graeme Wood will have Fraser banned for life from the Perth venue, but WA laws mean he can only be fined $500.
He has been charged by police with assault and trespass and will face court in late February, but Ponting never wants to see that allowed to happen again and wants him made an example out of.
"I just hope I never see that again to tell you the truth. I had seen that once a long time ago and that ended up being a horrible incident and seeing it again it is a worry. Obviously we don’t condone that sort of behaviour and it’s unfortunately a small minority of the crowd that turns up to do something stupid like that which puts everyone in the same boat," Ponting said.
"Hopefully we don’t see that happen again. There was a lot of security around there and even more after it happened, but we’d like to think that it doesn’t happen in Australia again. There were a lot of security around, but they’ve only got a certain amount of arms and legs I guess.
"If you take them all from one part of the ground to put them there then maybe it happens somewhere else. It’s the spectator’s responsibility. You can’t turn up and act like that at a game of cricket. I hope it’s now a police matter because that’s what it deserves to be."
Ponting wants it made clear that nobody associated with the game whether they be administrators, players, fans or spectators want to see such action that Fraser took in running onto the ground and making contact with Latif, and he can’t understand why anybody would do it.
"Making a very good example of this guy is a good way to start. If you make a good example of him and make it clear to everybody that turns up at the cricket that that sort of behaviour is unacceptable," he said.
"We turn up as players and want to put on the best show that we can, and it was a tense moment of the game as well with it in the balance. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t want to see those people at the ground if they are going to behave like that."
Ponting also revealed that had he been the fielding captain and one of his players was attacked that there would have been the possibility of the Australians leaving the field.
Instead, Pakistan’s stand-in skipper Shahid Afridi had his own ball tampering issues to deal with in the dying overs as well as trying to guide his team to a first victory on tour.
"If I was the fielding captain I would have definitely brought all the players in and had a chat about how they felt about it (staying out there)," he said.
"That wasn’t the first spectator to come onto the ground either and that’s what I would have done if I was the captain out there, but luckily for us we were the batting team at the time."
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