Cricket Australia has told the ICC that it was unable to identify spectators who racially abused Indian players during the Sydney Test and that the six thrown from the stands were not the real culprits, a media report reported Tuesday. The Age reported that CA investigators “acquitted the six men who were expelled from Mohammed Siraj during the Sydney test of racist abuse.” CA sent the findings to the ICC after a probe. The ICC had given the body 14 days to file a report.
“CA, awaiting a final report from NSW police, is pleased that the six men who were walked by Clive Churchill and Brewongle police on the fourth afternoon of the test made no comments about a racial nature for players,” the newspaper said.
“The report (from CA to the ICC) says that while they thought players had been racially abused, CA investigators were unable to identify the perpetrators,” it said.
Play was interrupted for a few minutes on the fourth day of the third Test on Jan. 10 after Siraj complained of racial abuse by the crowd.
This prompted security personnel to enter the stands and search for the troublemakers before six people were asked to leave.
The BCCI had filed a formal complaint and the CA had offered an unconditional apology.
The newspaper report stated that CA “interviewed several Indian players and took testimony from spectators, including people who contacted CA to report what they saw and heard during the game.”
“Sources now say the Indians had warned on the ground that they would not resume the game until their complaint was followed up,” the paper said.
“CA was told that the men were singing for Siraj, who, after a complaint to referees, then pointed in their direction when the police arrived.”
The paper also alleged that one of the six kicked-out men had said during the match that Siraj was upset after hitting two sixes in an over and going to referees when an audience member said “Welcome to Sydney, Siraj”.
In its complaint, the BCCI had alleged that Siraj and his senior pace partner Jasprit Bumrah had been racially abused during the Sydney race for two consecutive days.
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