Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj experienced racial abuse from the Australian crowd on day 3 of the Sydney Test. The team India management has now officially launched a complaint about two of their players facing racial abuse at SCG. It is believed that the Aussie crowd said nasty things even on day 2 and the management finally lodged a complaint after the end of today’s play.
The SCG Test match between India and Australia is incomplete with any controversy. The Symonds-Harbhajan incident at SCG is still talked about but this time the crowd is at fault as both Siraj and Bumrah faced racial abuse.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj face Racial Abuse
Team India senior players Ravichandran Ashwin and skipper Ajinkya Rahane complaint to the on-field umpires and brought the issue to their notice. There was even a discussion between umpires security officials and the said Indian players for close to five minutes after the completion of day 3 of the Test match.
Meanwhile, as per a Cricbuzz report the Indian team then hung around in the dressing room for a while when the India security official had a quick chat with the security officers at the ground, and also the ICC security official present at the venue.
“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”, a report in The Daily Telegraph, stated.
“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”.
Furthermore, reports further indicated that both Bumrah and Siraj spoke to security officials before leaving. Umpires and match referee David Boon also walked past India’s rooms at Sydney Cricket Ground. The ICC is now likely to investigate the issue until further notice.