The ongoing third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground has come in the limelight after the game was paused due to alleged racial abuse to the Indian speedster Mohammed Siraj on Sunday. However, after the allegations on Saturday, Siraj complained of abuse while he was fielding on the fine leg boundary during the second session on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the game was halted around eight minutes after both he and the captain Ajinkya Rahane had a talk with the on-field umpire Paul Reiffel. Moreover, Siraj also identified the people in the crowd from where the words were said to him. Later, the New South Wales (NSW) Police then removed six people from there as well.
Good on @tdpaine36 to have gone and checked with Ajinkya Rahane and the Indians as the umpires and The security officials get involved into investigating the matter #AusvIND pic.twitter.com/93FomZjpxdAdvertisement
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) January 10, 2021
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” said Sean Carroll, the Head of Integrity and Security of Cricket Australia. “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 into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday. Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harassment Code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police. As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent,” Sean further added.
Tum karo toh Sarcasm , aur koi Kare toh Racism .
Very unfortunate with what some of the Australian crowd has been doing at the SCG and spoiling the vibes of a good test series. pic.twitter.com/mrDTbX4t7i
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 10, 2021
Very unfortunate to see what’s happening at SCG. There is no place for this rubbish. Never understood the need to yell abuse at players on a sporting field.. If you’re not here to watch the game and can’t be respectful, then pls don’t come and spoil the atmosphere. #AUSvIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 10, 2021
Few dafts are doing the Aussie image of a sporting Nation grave harm by barracking or shall we say barking (?) racial abuses…SCG gets poor name by default..not quite Crkt I’m afraid..!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) January 10, 2021
I hope the spectators evicted from the SCG today aren't allowed in to a ground at anytime. They tarnish our sport and they tarnish the reputation of their society.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 10, 2021
Com’on spectators, we can all do better. The game of cricket is about celebrating EVERYONE and not abusing. #Unacceptable
P.s. Getting to watch cricket live from the stadium is a privilege in these difficult times, honour it.
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) January 10, 2021
Meanwhile, NSW Venues Chief Executive Kerrie Mather has said that the CCTV footage was being examined to identify the people and informed they will be banned from the SGC and also the other venues which are under NSW properties act as well.
We have launched an investigation in parallel with NSW Police following a crowd incident at the SCG today. Full statement 👇 pic.twitter.com/D7Qu3SenHo
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) January 10, 2021
Howveer, earlier on Saturday, the BCCI had lodged a complaint after Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were allegedly abused with racial comments on the third day of the third Test between India and Australia. At Day 3 stumps, Rahane has reported the incident to the on-field umpires after a long discussion with the senior players as well.
“BCCI lodged a formal complaint with ICC match referee David Boon about two of their players Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj being abused by a drunk spectator,” a source had said to PTI.
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