Mohammed Siraj, Indian pacer was reportedly targeted by abusive members of the Gabba crowd at Brisbane on the first day of the fourth Test, less than a week after he was the target of alleged racist abuse during the Sydney 3rd Test.
Nandan Kumar, an Indian fan, earlier said how a bunch of drunk supporters were continuously taking a harsh racial jibe at pacer Mohammed Siraj on the third day of the Sydney Test. This time around, he has accused the security officials of racial profiling.
Mohammed Siraj Abuse: Fan Nandan Kumar Informed Venues New South Wales Of His Intention To Carry 4 Banners But Was Requested To Go Away
Mohammed Siraj and a few visitors’ cricketers like Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar had to endure racial discrimination which raised an uproar in the cricket fraternity. Apart from the players, an Indian origin fan also claimed to have been racially harassed. The fan’s case is currently being investigated by the SCG officials.
The Sydney Test was a witness to some jaw-dropping display of cricket between India and Australia. However, the game was also marred with quite a few controversies.
Nandan Kumar informed Venues New South Wales that he intended to carry four banners on the final day of the match at the iconic SCG.
The banners read, “Rivalry is good, racism is not”, “No racism mate”, “Brown inclusion matters” and “Cricket Australia more diversity please”.
However, he was, thereafter, requested to go away by a security official. “He told me, ‘If you need to address this matter, go back to where you belong. It was a very small banner. I made it out of my kids’ paper roll,” Kumar was quoted as saying in Sydney Morning Herald.
He was asked to empty his bag and a metal detector was used against him as well. Nandan Kumar mentioned that he finally got a seat in Bay 11 of the Victor Trumper Stand, but extra security was added for him.
Mohammed Siraj Abuse: Fan Nandan Kumar Want Justice And Accountability For Pure Case Of Profiling
The officials used a female guard of Indian origin to observe if he was “using any other language”.
“To me this a pure case of profiling. They changed their entire formation so the guy next to the boundary is standing right in front of me and facing me,” he stated.
“I’m not looking for compensation, I’m not looking for free tickets, I’m not looking for a membership. I want justice. I want accountability. I was feeling stripped, feeling watched and I went there to fight racism. Why ought to I be stopped from addressing racism, particularly at a floor the place it was debatable whether or not it was taking place or not?” Kumar added.
A Venues NSW mentioned that it was “aware of the matter and has met with the complainant”.
“We are investigating the complainant’s allegations and we’ll make no further comment until our investigation is complete,” a spokesperson stated.
Brisbane fans were heard yelling at fast bowler Mohammed Siraj as the bowler was labelled a ‘bloody grub’. The newest racism allegations in 4th Test comes after the SCG Test was stopped for around 10 minutes while police intervened before ejecting a group of fans who directed abuse at Mohammed Siraj. Before the evacuation on the 4th day of 3rd Test, pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were abused on 2nd and 3rd day too.
Both Mohammed Siraj and all-rounder debutant spinner Washington Sundar were repeatedly labelled ‘grubs’ by a group of fans in the ongoing 4th Test.