Harbhajan Singh, Indian spinner on Sunday said that the Australian crowd is in the habit of getting involved in unsavoury incidents like hurling abuses at the visiting teams.
Harbhajan Singh’s remarks came as the Indian team on Saturday lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground racially abused Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj over the second and third day of the ongoing Pink Test. In the 4th day too, 6 spectators were asked to leave after abusing Mohammed Siraj again.
Harbhajan Singh Tweets That He Too Have Heard Things On Field
The off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also said that the Australian crowd has made comments in the past about his colour and religion as according to him this isn’t the last time the Australian crowd is doing nonsense stuff and he is concerned about the method to stop the abuse in future.
Harbhajan Singh’s remarks came as the Indian team on Saturday lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the SCG racially abused the two pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj in the ongoing 3rd and penultimate Pink Test at Sydney.
I personally have heard many things on the field while playing in Australia about Me My religion My colour and much more..This isn’t the first time the crowd is doing this nonsense..How do u stop them ?? #AUSvIND
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 10, 2021
The crowd did not even stop on day four of the ongoing Pink Test as Mohammed Siraj along with India skipper Ajinkya Rahane had a word with umpire Paul Reiffel regarding the unruly behaviour of the crowd.
Television visuals indicated that there were some words spoken for Mohammed Siraj who was fielding near the boundary rope. Both the umpires then had a word with each other after which the police involved then asked a group of men to leave the stand.
Cricket Australia’s Security Said Strict Action To Be Taken As Cricket Australia Awaits Outcome Of ICC’s Investigation Into Matter
Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security on Sunday said that strict action will be taken against the section of fans who hurled racial slurs at Indian pacers Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah.
“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, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security in an official release.
“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday. 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. 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,” he added.
India has been set a target of 407 to win the third Test at the SCG. India are at 98/2 at stumps on 4th day and need 309 more runs to win and go 2-1 up. Australia declared at 312/6 with the fifties from Marnus Labuschagne (73), Steve Smith (81) and Cameron Green (84).