India Cricket Control Board source reportedly detailed racist insults against fast pitcher Mohammed Siraj in the third Test against Australia.
While eyewitness reports in the crowd on Sunday at SCG suggested that Siraj’s heckling was not overtly racist, a BCCI official claimed otherwise.
“Siraj has been called a ‘brown dog’ and a ‘big monkey’, both of which are racist slurs. The matter was immediately brought to the attention of the referees on the pitch. They were constantly abusing Bumrah as well,” he said. said an anonymous source from the BCCI. Press Trust of India.
The BCCI reacted angrily to the incident, which followed an official complaint on Saturday regarding alleged abuse against Siraj and his compatriot Jasprit Bumrah. The Times of India newspaper claimed that the two players had been labeled “apes” by drunken SCG bosses, and had been targeted by gross non-racial abuse.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said racial abuse “will not be tolerated”.
Siraj approached the referees after the 86th of Australia’s second round on Sunday, walking from his position on the field at the border. The fast bowler, 26 and playing on his first Australian tour, was visibly upset as he made the allegations and pointed to the crowd.
The anonymous BCCI source said that while the team waited until the end of the game on Saturday to complain, immediate action was ordered on Sunday.
“In fact, the players did not want to lose sight of the proceedings and decided that the matter would not be reported until after the game was over for the day. However, the referees told us that from when something of this nature happens, players should report it immediately, ”the source said.
The game was paused for approximately 10 minutes, and six patrons were escorted from their seats by police for questioning. The case is still under investigation, both by NSW Police and Cricket Australia.
“Abuse of cricketers by members of the crowd is not acceptable,” CA integrity and security official Sean Carroll said in a statement.
“We thank the Indian team for their vigilance in reporting today’s incident, which we are currently investigating.
“A number of spectators were questioned by NSW Police and subsequently expelled from SCG on Sunday afternoon. Pending the results of the investigation by NSW Police, CA has launched its own investigation into the case.”
Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin said Sydney has a bad story of Indian player abuse, spanning a decade.