Australia’s cricket governing agency, Cricket Australia, confirmed on Wednesday that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse and that their investigation into the matter is still going on.
As per Cricbuzz, “CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse,” Sean Carroll, CA’s Head of Integrity and Security, said. “CA’s own investigation into the matter remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data and interviews with spectators still being analysed in an attempt to locate those responsible. Spectators who are found to have breached CA’s Anti-Harassment Code face lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.”
During the third Test match in Sydney, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were hurled racial comments by the SCG crowd.
After the complaint was brought to the umpire’s and officials’ notice, six persons were removed from the crowd.
Team India were suggested to walk off the field
However, the reports that emerged later told that the umpire suggested India captain Ajinkya Rahane to walk off the field when Team India launched the complaint regarding the illicit act. Rahane and the Indian Team opted to stay on the field and wanted an immediate action post which the six people were removed.
CA has now insisted that those six did not engage in racial behaviour, and that the board was still on the lookout for the real culprits through their investigation and that of the NSW Police.
“CA’s investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by the media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day three of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour.
“CA is awaiting confirmation from NSW Police that it has completed its investigation into the matter and will not offer further comment until it is received.”
“As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, apologises to the Indian men’s cricket team,” Carroll added.