For the second consecutive day in the Sydney Test, Mohammed Siraj complained of racial remarks from Australian viewers. Siraj, along with captain Ajinkya Rahane and the rest of the players, complained to the field umpire Paul Reifel. The umpire then called the police after talking to the match referee and the TV umpire. Siraj was racially abused during the 86th over of the Australian innings.
During this time the game was also stopped for a few minutes. Police escorted the 6 spectators out of the stadium. Cricket Australia (CA) has also apologized to Team India on this matter.
During the 86th over of the Australian innings, Siraj was fielding at the boundary. He then complained to the umpire after comments from the audience.
CA has apologized to Team India. It said that they have a zero tolerance policy regarding racial remarks. "We will not tolerate this type of incident at all and action will be taken on the matter," it said.
Cricket Australia has reaffirmed its zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms following the alleged racial abuse of members of the Indian cricket squad by a section of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday: Cricket Australia pic.twitter.com/FCyXtNQR0y
— ANI (@ANI) January 10, 2021
BCCI sources told the news agency that on Day 3 while Siraj was fielding on the boundary line, he was called a monkey by a spectator.
However, there is no clear information about what kind of racial remarks were made on Bumrah. According to the information, after the incident with Siraj and Bumrah, captain Ajinkya Rahane and other senior players also held a meeting. During this period, security officers and umpires were also present. After this, the Indian team management had lodged an official complaint with match referee David Boon.
Former cricketers comment
Virender Sehwag, former explosive opener of Team India, has taken to Twitter after the incident. Sehwag termed the incident 'very unfortunate'.
Tum karo toh Sarcasm , aur koi Kare toh Racism .
Very unfortunate with what some of the Australian crowd has been doing at the SCG and spoiling the vibes of a good test series. pic.twitter.com/mrDTbX4t7i
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 10, 2021
Former Indian opener and cricket commentator Akash Chopra wrote, 'Racism has no place in the world'.
Racism has no place in the world. The fact that we have to say this in 2021 proves that we haven’t done enough to eradicate the menace. Expecting Cricket Australia to investigate and punish the guilty. #AusvInd #Siraj
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 10, 2021