Indian cricket team has filed a complaint against few supporters at SCG after some of the drunk supporters in the crowd racially abused Indian seamers Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah. This incident was brought up to the umpire’s notice by India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane. The abuse was reported to be “seriously insulting”.
On Day three of the ongoing third Test match between India and Australia an unfortunate incident happened. Few of the drunk Australian supporters were reported to have racially abused Indian seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj. As per reports the abuse and racial comments made were “seriously insulting”. The matter was brought into umpire's notice by India’s stand in skipper Ajinkya Rahane. After stumps on day three, there were dramatic discussions outside the Indian dressing room between Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, match officials, and ICC representatives.
“It's understood Indian officials say the pair have been abused by members of the public for the past two days, and believe the abuse has been racist in nature… amid suggestions a crowd member at the Randwick end of the ground abused Siraj who was fielding at fine leg at the time.”
“In another instance, while the match was still continuing, Indian staff walked around behind where Bumrah was standing in the outfield and spoke to the star quick” quoted Daily Telegraph, stating the incident.
This is not the first time that racism has headlined an India-Australia series. Way back in 2013, a similar incident occurred when the Indian off-spinner allegedly racially abused Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds by calling him a “Monkey”. This had led to serious tensions between two boards during that time.
The players, former players, media, and even the governments got involved during that case. Harbhajan was handed a three-Test ban after the incident but fearing that the BCCI would boycott the remainder of the tour, the ban was ultimately overturned by CA.