Mohammed Siraj complains of racism abuse at SCG

Mohammed Siraj

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.

Mohammed Siraj

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.

“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.

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.

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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