Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took to his official Twitter account on Sunday where he alleged the Australian crowd to be regular offenders when it comes to hurling racial abuse on visiting players.
Harbhajan, who had his fair share of skirmishes with the Australian public during his decade-long career, revealed that he himself has been at the receiving end of derogatory comments from the Aussie pubic with respect to his color and religion.
“I personally have heard many things on the field while playing in Australia about Me My religion My colour and much more. This isn’t the first time the crowd is doing this nonsense. How do u stop them ?? #AUSvIND,” tweeted Harbhajan.
I personally have heard many things on the field while playing in Australia about Me My religion My colour and much more..This isn’t the first time the crowd is doing this nonsense..How do u stop them ?? #AUSvIND
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 10, 2021
Harbhajan’s comments come in the wake of recent incidents in the ongoing Test match between Australia and India at the SCG where Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj have complained of receiving abuses from a section of the crowd.
In fact, the Indian team-management even lodged an official complaint against the same at the end of the third day’s play. However, it did not stop the crowd from shrugging off their racial tone on the fourth day.
Play was held up for 8 minutes just before the Tea break on day 4 after Mohammed Siraj complained of having received derogatory racial remarks.
The New South Wales police immediately outset six perpetrators from the stadium following which Cricket Australia released an official statement where it made its stance against any sort of discrimination clear.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behavior. If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket,” Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security, said in an official press release.
“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday. Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harassment Code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police. As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent,” he added.