India lodges complaint as Bumrah, Siraj face racial abuse
New Delhi : Team India has filed an official complaint to the match officials after its players Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj encountered with racial abuse from the audiences during second and third day's game of the ongoing Test match against Australia. The matter has been noted by ICC, said a media report.
"The tour has surely turned sour and the last thing you expect in a civilized society is racial abuse. The ICC ( International Cricket Council) and Cricket Australia need to be very responsive to this as the possible alternatives are not very pleasant for cricket, especially during the present circumstances. The Sydney Test has now become an acid test for CA interim CEO Nick Hockley and we are in complete solidarity with our boys. Racial abuse is unacceptable," a BCCI official was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Australia took a comfortable lead of 94 runs in the first innings and despite early losses of their openers in the second innings, the hosts are in a commanding position in the game.
Labuschagne, batting on 47, and Smith, not out on 29, will resume Australia's second innings on Day 4 with the hosts leading India by 197 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Meanwhile, Team India has suffered two major blows in the game as two of its players – Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja – have been injured during the game.
Pant scored 36 runs before edging one to David Warner in the slips while Jadeja battled through the pain and remained unbeaten on 28.