The International Cricket Council has launched a probe into allegations of racist abuse of Indian players by the Sydney crowd in the on-going third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. As the incident recurred on Day 3 and Day 4 consecutively, six people were ejected and play halted for nearly ten minutes on Sunday.
Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were verbally targeted by a few in-stadium spectators when the two Indian players were fielding on boundary ropes of the Sydney Cricket Ground late Saturday. The reportedly drunk fans called Bumrah and Siraj were called monkeys, wanker and motherf***** almost throughout the time they were fielding on Saturday.
Similarly, on Sunday, before the tea break, Siraj ran from the fine leg boundary towards the umpires, pointing into the crowd who were again.
After that, police were seen removing six men from their seats.
Cricket Australia issued an apology to India and said anyone found guilty of racist abuse would face a ban.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” said Cricket Australia’s head of Integrity and Security Sean Carroll. “If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket.
“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday,” it added.
“Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harassment Code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.
“As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent.”
Cricket veterans called this act from the crowd as disgraceful.