Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane has said that while he is satisfied with the swift action taken by Cricket Australia and New South Wales police with regards to the racial slurs hurled at pacers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah during the Sydney Test, the team is deeply hurt by the behavior of the Australian crowd.
The Sydney Test took an ugly turn on the third day after Indian team-management lodged an official complaint following Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj’s claims that discriminatory remarks were hurled at them by a section of the crowd while they were fielding at the boundary line.
Matters, however, escalated on the following day when Siraj once again complained about the same. Play was held up for 8-10 minutes before the Tea break as the NSW police removed the perpetrators from the stadium.
Rahane, while speaking to the reporters, said that what happened in Sydney is not acceptable at all and that such incidents should not take place anywhere in the world.
“Officials are taking action,” Ajinkya Rahane told reporters on Monday. “What happened was not acceptable at all. It should not happen anywhere in the world. We were really upset about it.
Australian captain Tim Paine, who had won hearts after his gesture of entering the Indian huddle when the incident took place, later said that he did that in order to send a message across to the visitors that they do not condone any sort of discriminatory behavior.
“Cricket Australia and the Australian team don’t condone any sort of abuse, especially racial abuse,” Tim Paine had said.
“Really disappointed that happens when teams come to Australia and we want it to stop,” he said. “Wanted to make sure the Indian boys knew we were also against it and we support them.” he added.
Meanwhile, CA interim chief Nick Hockley has said that the board is fully supporting the NSW police besides carrying out their own investigation.
“We’re supporting their [NSW police] investigation, we’re also doing our own investigation under the ICC’s anti-discrimination protocols,” Hockley said.
“That process is going to take a little bit more time. We’ve got an obligation to report back to the ICC within two weeks. We can’t interfere with the ongoing police investigation.” he added.