On Sunday, on the fourth day of the third Test match between India and Australia, play was halted for a few minutes after complaints from the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground, prompting the host board to “apologize unreservedly” and make loud promises Acted against those responsible. It was a day when a drunken spectator at the SCG allegedly directed racial abuse on Indian players Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj. The BCCI has filed a complaint with the ICC.
“Cricket Australia condemns all discriminatory behavior in the strongest terms possible,” said Sean Carroll, CAN’s Head of Integrity and Security.
“As the host of the series, we unreservedly apologize to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them that we will prosecute the matter to the fullest extent.”
During the second session of the fourth day, India’s players created a ruckus at the center after Siraj standing at the square leg boundary complained of misconduct after Cameron Green hit two consecutive sixes in his over.
This prompted a group of people to leave the stand before security personnel entered the stand and searched for the prankster.
“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 of the case reported at the SCG on Saturday,” Carroll said.
“Once those responsible are identified, the CA will take the strongest measures under our anti-harassment code, including lengthy sanctions, further sanctions and referring NSW police,” he said.
The umpires also intervened and were seen interacting with the players. However no object was directed to the players.
NSW chief executive Kerry Mather said CCTV footage was being investigated to identify the accused.
“We are taking this very seriously. If those involved are identified, they will be banned from the properties of SGC and all Venue NSW under our Act,” he said.
On the expected lines, the Indians were not surprised by the unnatural incident that occurred before their players were involved, as they were held responsible for.
This came to the fore after Siraj, when in his first tour with the Indian team, went to his captain Ajinkya Rahane and the on-field umpires and complained to him about his subjection in the same field behind him on Saturday.
Keeping his arm around his young pesar’s shoulder, Rahane was seen pointing to a section of the stand, talking to the umpires even when security officials were involved.
On the third day of the match, Siraj was allegedly referred to as a “monkey” by a drunken spectator in a stand that revives memories of the infamous Monkeygate episode of the 2007–08 series.
Incidentally, the Monkeygate episode also took place during the Sydney Test when Andrew Symonds claimed that Harbhajan Singh abused him several times. But the Indian off-spinner was cleared after hearing the case.
On Saturday, the Indian duo had Galalis directed as they were fielding during the Australian second innings.
Australia declared their second innings at 312 for six matches, setting India on target for a stunning 407 to regain the lead in the four-match series.
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