The abuse and racist comments aimed at Indian players don’t seem to end even on Day four. During the ongoing fourth day of play between India and Australia, a few of the drunk Australian supporters started racially abusing Indian seamer Mohammed Siraj. This incident came in after India officially lodged a complaint against a similar incident a day before. This was immediately brought to the notice of the Australian police and they arrested the culprits and threw them out of the stadium.
The incident caught public attention when Mohammad Siraj walked in from fine leg to the in-field to inform his teammates and umpires about the unfortunate incident. The Indian team along with senior players Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma accompanied Siraj to the umpires Paul Wilson and Paul Reiffel to lodge the complaint. It was reported that a few groups of people in the stands continuously abused Indian seamer Mohammad Siraj racially. The play was stopped for almost 10 minutes.
After the conversation with the Indian team, the officials moved nearer to the stand where the incident took place. They were soon joined by security staff while police entered the stands to identify individuals allegedly involved. After discussion with the Police, six people were asked to leave the stadium, and play resumed. The New South Wales police will carry out a further investigation.
“If there’s been abuse directed towards the players just kick them out straight away. Not welcome ever,” Opined former Aussie batsman Mike Hussey.
This was the second consecutive day in which an Indian player was racially abused at SCG. Yesterday, both Bumrah and Siraj were allegedly racially abused and the Indian team officially lodged a complaint against the same. Cricket Australia termed the incident as unfortunate and promised to investigate further into the matter.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour, if you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket.” Said Carroll, CA Head of Integrity and Security.