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Mohammed Siraj abused by Gabba fans

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Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was reportedly targeted by a group of fans at The Gabba today, just days after NSW police kicked out six SCG clients in the third test.

Brisbane fans were heard yelling at Siraj, calling the paceman a “grub” according to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Siraj, along with Washington Sundar, who was called in to replace Ravichandran Ashwin, were both the target of a number of fans in Gabba’s crowd.

“The guys behind me called – shouted – both Washington and Siraj worms,” ​​said an onlooker named Kate.

“It started around Siraj and it was a song similar to that of the SCG.”

The witness told the Sydney Morning Herald they were seated in the same section which saw an escorted spectator to stand in his seat starting an “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” chant, while a group of customers dressed as lifeguards had their beer snakes dismantled by security guards.

It is understood that none of the Indian players reacted to any of the comments made on day one.

During the third CRS test, the game was paused for more than 10 minutes on tea time on the fifth day when a Siraj spoke to captain Ajinkya Rahane and referees Paul Wilson and Paul Reiffel about the behavior of the crowd.

The behavior has been tagged “regrettable” by Cricket Australia Integrity and Security Officer Sean Carroll.

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