When it looked like the Test series couldn’t be any more controversial, a troubling incident took place in Sydney today. The Indian team has lodged a complaint about two of their players being racing abused at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). According to a Cricbuzz report, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj faced racial abuse over the course of day two and three of the ongoing Test. The third Test of the Border Gavaskar series is currently taking place in Sydney.
It all came to light when stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane along with Ravichandran Ashwin and other senior players talked with the match officials about the same. The Indian delegation was seen having a long chat with the two umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson after the day’s play.
Indian officials furious
A journalist at the SCG reports that the incident took place when Siraj was fielding at fine leg. Apparently someone from the crowd hurled a racial abuse at the young pacer. Siraj made his debut at the MCG with an exceptional performance. And was impressive with the new ball in the ongoing Test having dismissed both openers in two separate innings.
The Indian team management is furious about the incident as the discussion between the umpires, security officials and the said Indian players for close to five minutes. The Indian team then hung around in the dressing room for a while. And the India security official had a quick chat with the security officers at the ground, and also the ICC security official present at the venue. The report suggests that the issue rests with ICC until further notice.
“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,” a source told ANI.