India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj Subject To Racial Abuse On Day Four Of Test Match In Sydney, 6 Fans Asked To Leave
Following Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj Mohamad’s complaint of racial abuse by fans a day earlier, the latter was subjected to same treatment on Day 4 of Sydney Test by the SCG crowd one again.
After allegations surfaced on Saturday, Indian cricketer Mohammed Siraj complained of abuse while fielding on the fine leg boundary during day three of Australia and India’s Test in Sydney on Sunday. After he and his skipper Rahane had a talk with umpire Paul Reiffel, the play was paused for around eight minutes. For the unversed, Jasprit Bumrah was running in to start the 86th over of Australia’s second innings when Siraj motioned from the fine leg boundary line to stop play.
Later, the Indian team converged in the middle of the ground as Siraj reported the incident of racist abuse from the crowd at the SCG. Following the same, Ajinkya Rahane walked up to square leg umpire Paul Reiffel and complained about the same. As the game came to a halt, security personnel entered the stands and a group of six Australian fans were removed from their seats by New South Wales Police. On the other hand, the ICC has launched an investigation on the matter, as have New South Wales Police, while Cricket Australia issued a statement to say it has launched an inquiry of its own.
Well, this was not the first incident of racist abuse from the crowds during the SCG Test. On Day 3 as well, Indian cricketers are believed to have complained to the umpires about the unruly behaviour of the crowd. It is said that Indian cricket officials have alleged that fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were racially abused by the crowd on Saturday.
On the other hand, India’s captain Virat Kohli, who returned home to be at the birth of his first child after the opening Test against Australia, said the alleged slurs were “absolutely unacceptable” and called for the perpetrators to be identified and dealt with, via his Twitter handle. Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, too, addressed the issue on his social media handle and wrote, “Very unfortunate with what some of the Australian crowd has been doing at the SCG and spoiling the vibes of a good test series”.
Talking about the pitch, Australia were on top after setting a massive target of 407 for India to chase. Led by Cameron Green’s 84 and Steve Smith’s 81, Australia declared on 312/6 in the second session of the fourth day of action.