The third Test between India and Australia in Sydney is leaving a sour taste in the mouth of everyone after the recent racial abuse against the Indian players.
At the end of day’s play on Saturday, news surfaced claiming that a section of the crowd had hurled racial abuses at Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj when he was fielding along the boundary rope. The unsavory incident carried on the next day as well. Siraj lodged a complaint to the umpire about the abuse and subsequently a few spectators were expelled from the SCG by the security. Local media reported that six spectators were evicted from the ground.
Legendary Australian pacer, Glenn McGrath has also condemned the unpleasant incident saying the offenders must be prosecuted. “If there were racist comments, they should be prosecuted because there is no room for that. They should get those guys and find out what happened and interview the people around,” he said.
McGrath’s comments came after Cricket Australia issued an unreserved apology. The host board also launched an official inquiry into the incident and has joined hands with the New South Wales police to launch an investigation.
McGrath further said that the incident not only brings disrepute to Cricket Australia, SCG but to all the Australians. He reiterated that there is no place for racial abuse in Australian culture. “That looks bad not only for Cricket Australia, SGG trust but all Australians and that’s not how we are as a culture. That’s not the way we want to be viewed from other countries,” he told Sony Six on Sunday.
“The fans have been quite nasty”
Indian ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin revealed that they have faced racial abuse at the SCG earlier as well. He said that the crowd continues to be hostile and nasty and the issue of racial abuse needs to be dealt with an iron fist.
“I would like to point out something, this is my fourth tour to Australia and Sydney especially here, we have had these type of experiences in the past as well. I think one or two times players have reacted to this in the past and they have gotten into trouble, it is not because of the player, it is because of the way the crowd has been reacting. The fans have been quite nasty, but this is one occasion where they have gone one step ahead, it is a case of racial abuse,” he said in a post-match conference.
The third Test between India and Australia is crucial in the four-match series as the two teams are currently tied 1-1.