Racial Abuse: Cricket Australia apologise to Team India
New Delhi : The game was halted for a couple of minutes on fourth day as pacer Mohammed Siraj complained of racial abuse leading to expulsion of some of the spectators and an apology by Cricket Australia to Team India.
It happened a day after a drunken spectator made racial comments over Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj. The BCCI has lodged a complaint with the ICC.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” said Sean Carroll, CA’s Head of Integrity and Security.
According to reports in the local media, around six of the spectators were expelled from the ground after the incident. “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,” Carroll stated.
Mohammed Siraj was fielding at the square leg boundary where he was being continuously disturbed with racial comments from the spectators.
This prompted the security personnel to enter the stands and look for the mischief monger before a group of people was asked to leave the stands. “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,” Carroll said.
“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,” he added.
Meanwhile, Australia declared their second innings at 312 for six, setting India an improbable victory target of 407 to regain lead in the four-match series.