Two Indian players– Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah have faced racial abuse from the members of the crowd that was present at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the third day’s play in the third Test between Australia and India, a Cricbuzz reported.
Responding to the issue, the Indian team management led by the captain Ajinkya Rahane, and other senior players reported the case to the match officials including the match referee David Boon, umpires Paul Wilson, and Paul Rieffel, the report added.
Bumrah and Siraj Faced Racial Abuse in Australia
According to a report from Daily Telegraph, “angry Indian officials” have complained that the duo were target with racial abuse and that the members of the Indian team management, along with ICC officials and stadium security officers were locked in a long discussion after the end of day’s play.
A report in The Daily Telegraph stated,
“It’s understood Indian officials say the pair have been abused by members of the public for the past two days, and believe the abuse has been racist in nature… amid suggestions a crowd member at the Randwick end of the ground abused Siraj who was fielding at fine leg at the time.”
“In another instance, while the match was still continuing, Indian staff walked around behind where Bumrah was standing in the outfield and spoke to the star quick.”
Reports further added that Bumrah spoke to security officials before leaving, and as did Siraj. Umpires and match referee David Boon also walked past India’s rooms.
Did Indian Players face Racial Abuse earlier?
On India’s previous tour to Australia in 2018/19, a set of fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground were ejected after they were caught on camera racially taunting India fielders, with chants such as ‘show us your visa’ being heard.
Australia are way ahead in the third Test at the SCG, leading by 197 runs, with the unbeaten pair of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne at the crease, and six more wickets in their hands.