Sachin Tendulkar, legendary former Indian batsman has condemned the reported incidents of racial abuse during the third Test between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), saying those who indulge in racism have no place in the sporting arena.
Taking to Twitter, 47-year-old Sachin Tendulkar-the leading run-scorer in ODIs and Tests and century-maker said cricket never discriminates and that sport is meant to unite people and not divide.
Sachin Tendulkar: Sport Is Meant To Unite Us And Cricket Never Discriminates
ICC has strongly condemned reported incidents of racism during the ongoing 3rd Test between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground and have offered Cricket Australia all necessary support in investigating the incidents.
India’s pace bowling duo 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 the ICC, six spectators were asked to leave the ground with the Hyderabad pacer once again subjected to crowd trouble on day 4.
Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha and Virat Kohli are among cricketers to have strongly reacted to the incidents, some termed it unacceptable and to be dealt with an iron fist, others reckoned it isn’t new particularly in Australia.
“Sport is meant to unite us, not divide us. Cricket never discriminates. The bat and ball recognizes talent of the person holding them – not race, colour, religion or nationality. Those who do not understand this have no place in a sporting arena,” the 47-year-old Sachin Tendulkar said.
The Indian team had apprised match referee David Boon of alleged racial abuse of players — Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj — by a section of the SCG crowd at the end of the third day’s play. The incident again took place on Sunday following which six people were evicted from the stand just before Tea during Australia’s second innings on Day Four.
Virat Kohli And Harbhajan Singh Among Cricketers To Condemn Racial Abuse
Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and many others have condemned the racial abuse incidents at the SCG and have demanded strict action against the offenders. Cricket Australia (CA) have, on their part, apologized to Team India and have launched an inquiry into the incidents.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag termed the unfortunate incidents are spoiling cricket while VVS Laxman said spectators don’t need to come if they can’t be respectful. Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin said that the spectators who racially abused Indian cricketers during the Sydney Test should be banned from entering stadiums and hurling racial abuses is become a regular affair.