Cricket Australia (CA) has finally confirmed that the incident that occurred against the Indian team during the third test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground was in fact a case of racial abuse. The perpetrators, however, are yet unknown.
CA launched an investigation with the New South Wales Police after Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and pacer Mohammed Siraj endured racist slurs from the crowd for the second successive day during the third Test match against Australia. While the two players were fielding near the boundary rope, they were called “big monkey” and “brown dog” by audience members in the stands. Play was halted for up to 10 minutes after Siraj approached his captain Ajinkya Rahane and on-field umpires, who called in security, which evicted six people. After these incidents, the BCCI made complaints to the ICC match referee David Boon.
Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and security in a press release, said, “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,” affirming zero tolerance to racism.
In a report submitted by CA on Wednesday, they confirmed that the members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse. CA’s investigation remains open as they look into the matter with the help of CCTV footage, ticketing data and interviews with the spectators in order to locate those responsible. CA has also informed that while they await confirmation from the NSW Police that it has completed its investigation into the matter, it will not offer further comment.
During the incident, when the game was briefly held, the umpires had understandably given the team the option to walk out of the game, but captain Ajikya Rahane chose to continue play, out of honour and respect for the game.