India lodge complaint of racial abuse against Siraj, Bumrah at SCG

Tuesday, 12 Jan, 2021

India skipper Virat Kohli called it the peak of rowdy behaviour after some spectators directed racial abuse at Indian players during the third Test and were expelled from the Sydney Cricket Ground.

On Saturday and Sunday, Siraj and senior bowler Jasprit Bumrah were allegedly subjected to multiple abuses including racist slurs like "Brown Dog" and "Big Monkey", which led to eviction and subsequent arrest of six Australian spectators.

The incident follows alleged racial abuse of Indian players by a small section of the SCG crowd on Saturday.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also "strongly condemned" reported incidents of racism and have offered Cricket Australia all necessary support in investigating the incidents.

At stumps, India was 98-2, still needing 309 on Monday to pull off an unlikely win and retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Speaking to reporters after day four, Ashwin claimed he has been subjected to abuse from Australian crowds for nearly a decade.

The former Australia Test opener was disappointed that incidents like these are threatening to tarnish a hard-fought series played in the right spirit between the two teams.

Gameplay was also stopped for at least eight minutes on Sunday, after a similar incident, showcasing a deeply embedded ongoing issue in Australian cricket.

"I don't know why (the police kicked the men out)".

Racial abuse should not be there and racial abuse against anyone is not acceptable. "The abuse of cricketers by crowd members is not acceptable", Sean Carroll, CA's Head of Integrity and Security, said.

"There was an official complaint lodged yesterday and the umpires said we must bring it to their notice as it happens on the field, and they will be able to take action". "I think we've seen that, haven't we?" As hosts, we don't want to see our visitors get treated poorly. This must be definitely dealt with an iron fist. People laugh at you when you are getting abused. It was quite a. whenever you stood at the boundary line, you wanted to run another 10 yards in to evade yourself from all these things.

CA on Sunday night labelled the labelled the abuse of players as "unacceptable", and apologised to the Indian team.

Australia coach Justin Langer expressed his disgust too, calling racism one of his greatest pet hates.

India's coach Ravi Shastri, captain Rahane and vice-captain Rohit Sharma then remained out the front of their dressing room for around 20 minutes after play. @BCCI and Cricket Australia stand together.

"CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council's investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday", it added.

However Prateik Kelkar, who was sitting near the main group of fans under investigation and also asked to leave the SCG, says Siraj wasn't racially abused.

ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney reiterated the ICC's zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind.