Former Australian cricketers Michael Hussey and Shane Warne have slammed the spectators who have been allegedly hurling racial abuses to Indian cricketers in the ongoing Sydney Test.
On Saturday (January 9), post stumps on Day 3, the Indian team management lodged a complaint after two of their pacers – Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj – received racial slurs from the crowd during the third Test of the series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). It is reported that a section of the crowd had been at the players over the second and third day of the Pink Test match.
Things have got really ugly on the fourth day when Mohammed Siraj, ahead of the tea break, asked his captain, Ajinkya Rahane to halt the game as the pacer was being constantly subjected to racists comments by some people in the crowd behind him while fielding at the fine leg boundary. The umpires intervened along with the fourth umpire was on the field.
Thankfully, the policemen at the ground have evicted about half a dozen people from the stadium after Siraj, on his maiden overseas tour playing just his second Test, bravely decided to take a stand against the insinuating comments.
It is unacceptable to treat players like that: Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey was absolutely livid with the people who made the derogatory remarks towards their visitors. Fondly known as Mr Cricket, Michael Hussey suggests that those spectators should be banned for life from cricket stadiums.
“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,” Michael Hussey told Fox Cricket.
Another Aussie legend, Shane Warne, furious with such acts from the crowd, remarks it ‘disgraceful’. Warne feels that it is unfortunate that something like this has happened even with the awareness in regards to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. The former leg-spinner hopes for some strict action to be taken against the culprits.
“Disgraceful to be honest, absolutely disgraceful. Should never happen, especially what’s happened in the last 12 months or so with everything else around the world. Let’s hope they come down heavy and find the culprits,” said Warne.