Ravichandran Ashwin Wants To Meet Racially Profiled Fan
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Ravichandran Ashwin Desires To Connect With Racially Profiled Fan

Delhi, Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. PTI

Ravichandran Ashwin, Indian off-spinner has expressed his desire to connect with fan Krishna Kumar, who was allegedly racially profiled in Sydney by a security officer.

The events had unfolded during the third Test between India and Australia, where even pacer Mohammad Siraj faced racism from a section of Australian supporters.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Credits: BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin Wants To Reach Krishna Kumar

The operators of the SCG have already launched an investigation into claims by an Indian cricket supporter, who was told by the security officer to “go back to where you belong”.

According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Krishna Kumar, who lives in Sydney, was accompanied by a solicitor as he met Venues NSW legal personnel to lodge an official complaint, telling them he felt “stripped and naked” by the treatment on the fifth and final day of the match.

Sydney Cricket Ground
Sydney Cricket Ground. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Taking to Twitter Ravichandran Ashwin replied on Wide World of Sport’s tweet and wrote, “How can I reach you Krishna kumar?? Well done.”

 

Krishna Kumar further alleged a group of spectators called him and members of the Indian team “curry munchers” on Saturday which was the third day of the match a day before six men were ejected by police when Mohammed Siraj stopped play and complained to umpires.

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Cricket Australia Continues Investigations To Reports That Pacers Mohammed Siraj And Jasprit Bumrah Subjected To Racial Taunts At Sydney

Cricket Australia is on process continuing an investigation into reports by the Indian team, that fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were subject to racial taunts by particular crowd members in Sydney. The Indian supporter Krishna Kumar, who attended three days of the third Test, has told Venues NSW that he was targeted after attempting to bring four banners into the ground on the final 4th day of the Pink Test.

Written on paper roll, they said: “Rivalry is good, racism is not”, “No racism mate”, “Brown inclusion matters” and “Cricket Australia — more diversity please”.

“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,” Krishna Kumar mentioned.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Krishna Kumar left to return the banners to his car, he said the same official then told more junior guards to “make sure we give him a complete frisking when he gets back”.

“To me, this is 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 had said.

“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 should I be stopped from addressing racism, especially at a ground where it was debatable whether it was happening or not?” Kumar had said.

A Venues NSW had said 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 had said.

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.