In what comes as a shocking development, the Indian team-management has lodged an official complaint, alleging that the Indian fast bowling duo of Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah was subjected to racial slurs by a section of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
According to a report in Daily Mail, it is understood that both Bumrah and Siraj were racially abused by the members of the crowd at the SCG for the past couple of days.
Senior Indian players and captain Ajinkya Rahane had a word with the match-officials and security personnel at the end of the play, amid claims that a member in the Randwick stand abused Siraj when he was fielding at fine-leg.
In a separate incident, the Indian staff walked around behind where Jasprit Bumrah was standing and spoke to him. Bumrah spoke to security officials before leaving as did Mohammed Siraj.
There were dramatic scenes around the Indian dressing room at stumps on day 03 with ICC and security officials locked in a long discussion with the members of the Indian team management.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
This guy stops our own crowd in wc19..
And Bumrah and Siraj were targeted with racial abuse by the SCG crowd. stop being nice to everyone @imVkohli Thalaivaa 😭🙏 they dont deserve.. pic.twitter.com/bPgHg0ABUJ
— Alfie (@Alfiee_Solomon) January 9, 2021
— Baidurjo Bhose (@bbhose) January 9, 2021
— Shreyas Shivankar (@Shreyas_supreme) January 9, 2021
Sportsmanship should be taken in the right sportive spirit. Racial abuse is unacceptable and sports should be respected.Australians known for this discrimination should change their attitude and respect co sportsmen
— K.RAGAVAN.. (@write2ragavan) January 9, 2021
We went there in midst of pandemic on their request becoz of their financial position. And now when half of our squad is injured and we want to take care of our players and not willing to go to Brisbane then they are making fun of us(even racial abuse). Wow how sporty👏👏👏
— Anju #TeamIndia (@Deep_Point_) January 9, 2021
— Ruklok Pradhan (@ruklokpradhan) January 9, 2021
Irony of this racial abuse to our players is that at the Big Bash, the players take the knee in respect of the Black Lives Matter 😂. Aussies thinks Indians are weak, passive. Wish Virat Kohli was there, he wud hav shown them who's boss.#INDvAUS
— Gossip Girl Mumbaiker (@GMumbaiker) January 9, 2021
Sab kuch dekh liya hai iss Australia series me #racialabuse
— Sanjivani (@memesahb) January 9, 2021
According to ANI, BCCI stands with Indian team after the racial abuse to Bumrah and Siraj at SCG – as these behaviour unacceptable.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 9, 2021
Isolation protocols, sledging and now racial abuse
Pretty much sums up a sore loser
— Anu (@exhaustednd) January 9, 2021
#AUSvIND sadly the Aussies are upto their old tricks, great sportsmen but not so sure about their characters with the racial abuse allegations.
— Sardar (@RonnieChopra1) January 9, 2021
I'll never ever support any kind of racial abuse, violence and casteism. Whoever attempts such acts, must be punished under respective law. And If Australian govt doesn't look into this, better we come back. Self respect is always a priority. Always with Team India. #AUSvIND
— Shoe. (@whoshud) January 9, 2021
@imVkohli you showed a brilliant gesture and encouraged fans to cheer for a CHEATER! Now your own teammates(a person who lost his father and didn't run away like you to last time see him)faced RACIAL ABUSE from a bunch of ASSHOLES!Still no aussie had a say!#bumrah #Ashwin #siraj
— Indian (@Indian65293929) January 9, 2021
Absolute shame on Aussies ,banter etc is fine but racial abuse is not at all acceptable https://t.co/If83eb5ST5
— VIRATIAN (@VIRATIA15985322) January 9, 2021
In a time when wr should feel lucky that there is LIVE sports happening, it's baffling how can some idiots racially abuse players !! Not that racial abuse is OK otherwise, but it has taken a lot out of everyone to make this possible and disrespecting that is criminal#INDvsAUS
— Praful Tickoo (@prafultickoo) January 9, 2021