ICC has strongly condemned reported incidents of racism during the ongoing third Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground and have offered Cricket Australia all necessary support in investigating the incidents as India’s pace bowling duo were subjected to racial abuse.
Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were subjected to racial abuse on 2nd and 3rd day but a day after India officially lodged a complaint with ICC, six spectators were asked to leave the ground with the Hyderabad pacer once again subjected to crowd trouble on day 4 of the ongoing third Test where Australia set India a target of 370 to win.
ICC’s Manu Sawhney: No Place For Discrimination And Will Not Tolerate Any Racism In Cricket
On day three of the Sydney Test between India and Australia, Mohammed Siraj, who is playing his debut Test series, and Jasprit Bumrah were racially abused by spectators in the stadium.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney re-iterated the ICC’s zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind:
“There is no place for discrimination in our sport and we are incredibly disappointed that a small minority of fans may think that this abhorrent behaviour is acceptable. We have a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Policy in place that Members have to abide by and ensure is adhered to by fans and we welcome the action taken by ground authorities and Cricket Australia today.”
“We will provide Cricket Australia and the relevant authorities with our full support in any ensuing investigation as we will not tolerate any racism in our sport.”
Under the ICC Anti-Discrimination policy, Cricket Australia will now be required to investigate the issue and provide a report to the ICC on the incident and if any action is taken to ensure the issue has been dealt appropriately.
ICC Match Referee David Boon Was Informed Of Alleged Racial Abuse
The Indian cricket team had apprised ICC Match Referee David Boon of alleged racial abuse at the end of the third day’s play with pacers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah at receiving end. Match and stadium officials were kept on alert on the fourth day and as such play was halted and six people were evicted following another incident just before tea.
Team India has officially lodged the complaint and as of now, the issue rests with the International Cricket Council (ICC). This incident refreshes the Sydney Test in 2008 when Andrew Symonds of Australia had accused Harbhajan Singh of calling him Monkey. And, the umpire had banned him for playing him the next match after which, the Indian team had protested against the decision, stating that the accusations were false.
Australia have given India a target of 407 to chase after declaring on 312/6 with the fifties from Steve Smith, Cameron Green and Marnus Labuschagne. India are presently at 98/2 at stumps on the fourth day with openers back in Pavillion.