On Sunday, while Australia and India were playing their third test against each other, 6 people got ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground over allegations of racist abuse. Bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj complained of racist slurs being used on the field.
The Indian team has lodged an official complaint on Saturday regarding the racist slurs being heard by the bowlers while fielding near the boundary rope. The third day match was halted due to the same reason on Sunday.
New South Wales Police released a statement on Sunday stating that the Cricket Australia (CA) has asked NSW Police and security staff to remove a group from the crowd. The inquiries regarding the case are in process.
The ICC has also released a statement on its website stating clearly that there is anti-discrimination policy under which the CA is required to investigate the incident and provide a report to the sport’s governing body on the incident. They will also provide the reports of all the actions taken that states the issue was dealt with correctly.
The statement further adds that at the end of the 3rd day match, the Indian Cricket team had apprised the ICC Match Referee David Boon of alleged racial abuse incident. On the fourth day, the match and stadium officials were alert. Just before tea, the play was halted and six people were evicted following another incident in the same lines.
The ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney has said that Cricket has no place for discrimination and this incident has left them incredibly disappointed. They are disappointed by the abhorrent behavior of a small minority of fans who think this kind of behavior is acceptable.