For the second day in a row at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), India fast-bowler Mohammed Siraj faced abuse from a section of the crowd. On Saturday, the Indian cricket team lodged an official complaint with match referee David Boon for the racial abuse against Mohammed Siraj as well as senior pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Immediately after the end of Saturday’s play, a group of senior India cricketers, including captain Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin were seen having a long and an intense discussion with umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson.
According to reports, the Indian team management has formally lodged the complaint after discussing the issue in detail with match officials and security officials. The ICC, which has a no-tolerance policy for racism, is now dealing with the matter. But even before the ICC could take action on the incident, a new one took place on Sunday with Mohammed Siraj being the target once again.
Play had to be stopped when the Indian players made a complaint to umpires. The incident took place after the 86th over. Following the complaint, the umpire walked up to the authorities before the police entered the crowd to speak to spectators. And the spectators were soon thrown out of the stadium for their disgraceful behaviour.
Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey, who was commentating during the incident, urged anyone being racist to be kicked out of the ground.
“If there’s been abuse directed towards the players just kick them out straight away. Not welcome ever,” Hussey said.
Here are a couple of clips of the incident:
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Meanwhile, Australia have put themselves in the driver’s seat in the game. The hosts declared their innings after scoring 312 for 6 to set the visitors an improbable target of 406 runs. Steve Smith (81) and then Cameron Green (84) were the stars of the first two sessions while Tim Paine hit 39 off 52 before declaring.
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