Former Australian players Michael Hussey and Shane Warne highly criticized the act of racial abuse at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) during Day 3 of the third Test match of Border-Gavaskar trophy.
On Saturday, the Indian team lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the SCG abused Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.
“It’s terrible behaviour, and I can’t believe it’s still happening in this day and age. They should be banned for life from coming to cricket. The Indians have come here to our shores to entertain us, play some great cricket, we should be so grateful that we can watch some live sport. To treat the players like that is unacceptable,” Hussey told Fox Cricket.
Warne also said that “severe punishment” should be given to the crowd members who abused Siraj and Bumrah.
“Disgraceful to be honest, absolutely disgraceful. Should never happen, especially what’s happened in the last 12 months or so with everything else around the world. Let’s hope they come down heavy and find the culprits,” said Warne.
On Saturday, speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments said that the Indian cricket board stands with the boys as such behaviour is “unacceptable”.
“The tour has surely turned sour, and the last thing you expect in a civilized society is racial abuse. The ICC (International Cricket Council) and Cricket Australia need to be very responsive to this as the possible alternatives are not very pleasant for cricket, especially during the present circumstances. The Sydney Test has now become an acid test for CA interim CEO Nick Hockley, and we are in complete solidarity with our boys. Racial abuse is unacceptable,” the official explained.
It is believed that Captain Ajinkya Rahane spoke to the match officials, and then the team management went up to Boon and lodged a formal complaint against the crowd. The crowd was reportedly drunk who called Bumrah and Siraj as monkeys, wanker and motherf***** almost throughout the time they were fielding.