India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj faced racism on the fourth day of the ongoing Sydney Test. The match was halted in the middle after Siraj alleged some spectators of racial abuse.
Siraj pointed out to the people who yelled abuses at him.
Then 6 people alleged of abusing the fast bowler were asked to leave the stadium by New South Wales (NSW) Police.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behavior…… If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket” said Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security, Sean Carroll.
NSW Venues Chief Executive Kerrie Mather expressed concern over the matter and said CCTV footage is being examined to identify the culprits.
“We are taking this extremely seriously. If those involved are identified, they will be banned from the SGC and all Venues NSW properties under our act,” she said.
The Cricket Board of Australia issued an official statement and apologize on social media. The tweet reads, “We have launched an investigation in parallel with NSW Police following a crowd incident at the SCG today.”
According to reports, the culprits referred to Siraj as a “Brown Dog” and “Big Monkey” in a series of racist slurs.
“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,” said a source.
Many Indian players were seen as furious with the incident.
“Very unfortunate to see what’s happening at SCG. There is no place for this rubbish. Never understood the need to yell abuse at players on a sporting field. If you’re not here to watch the game and can’t be respectful, then pls don’t come and spoil the atmosphere” said VVS Laxman, former Indian international cricketer.