In a recent development, Cricket Australia has stated that in their own investigations, they have not been able to identify the spectators who racially abused both Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah.
According to a report in ‘The Age’ newspaper, it stated, “Cricket Australia, which is awaiting a final report from NSW Police, is satisfied that the six men who were walked out of the lower tier of the Clive Churchill and Brewongle stand by police on the fourth afternoon of the Test did not make remarks of a racial nature to players. The report (of CA to the ICC) says while they believed players had been racially abused, CA investigators were unable to identify the culprits.”
In several Australian media reports, it stated that the six individuals who were initially ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground were actually not the real culprits.
Siraj Racially Abused in Sydney test
On day 4 of the Sydney Test, Mohammed Siraj officially complained to the umpires and security personnel at the ground that some fans were directing racist abuse at him from the boundary line.
The BCCI lodged a formal complaint with Cricket Australia and at that time, the Indian players had threatened that they would not resume action until action was taken. In one of the versions told by one of the ejected fans, Mohammed Siraj was apparently upset that he was hit for two sixes and when they said, “Welcome to Sydney, Siraj”, he apparently complained.
Former Australian cricketers Michael Hussey and Shane Warne have condemned the racial abuse at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) during the Test match between India and Australia.
“It’s terrible behavior and I can’t believe it’s still happening in this day and age. They should be banned for life from coming to cricket. The Indians have come here to our shores to entertain us, play some great cricket, we should be so grateful that we can watch some live sport. To treat the players like that is unacceptable,” Hussey told Fox Cricket.