Acting on India’s complaints, Cricket Australia on Sunday removed at least six spectators from the Sydney Cricket Ground amid racism claims. The fourth day’s play of the third Test was also halted for a few minutes after India cricketers continued to face abuse from a section of the crowd.
On Saturday, the BCCI lodged a formal complaint with ICC match referee David Boon after Indian team players, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, were allegedly racially abused by a drunken spectator. And Siraj was once again subjected to racist abuse on Sunday.
During the second session of the fourth day, India players huddled in the center after Siraj, standing at the square leg boundary, complained of abuse after being hit for two consecutive sixes by Cameron Green in his over.
https://4dd6be4f9638740cf99721fa80f60355.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html But match officials and security guards took action, and removed the spectators concerned before play resumed. Watch it here:
Earlier, Cricket Australia reaffirmed its zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behavior. Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security, said anyone who sought to vilify and/or harass had no place in Australian cricket.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behavior,” Carroll said. “If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket.”
Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable. Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary Iines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behaviour. It's sad to see this happen on the field.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 10, 2021
— Harish Kumar (@harishkumarviru) January 10, 2021
In a Test series of such high quality cricket it’s sad to see some low quality crowd behaviour, I am sure @cricketcomau would take this up seriously and proper action would be derived at #AUSvsIND #racism
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) January 10, 2021