Cricket Australia confirmed on Wednesday that the members of the Indian cricket team were victims of racial violence during the third test in Sydney. The Indian team had filed an official complaint after the mob at the SCG racially abused pacesetters Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj during the second and third days of the Sydney Test. Even after the complaint, Siraj suffered from unruly crowds. Sean Carroll, CA’s Head of Integrity and Security, gave an update on Wednesday on the study of crowd behavior during the Sydney Test.
“Cricket Australia has submitted its report on the behavior of the crowd at the SCG during the third test against India to the International Cricket Council,” Cricket Australia said.
CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subject to racist abuse. CA’s own investigation into the case remains open, with camera footage, ticket sales data and spectator interviews still being analyzed to locate those responsible. Harassment Code of CA, face long-term bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.
“CA’s investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and / or photographed by the media in the Brewongle Stand hall at the end of the 86th on day three of the Test did not show any racist behavior.”
As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero tolerance policy towards discriminatory behavior in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, apologizes to the Indian men’s cricket team, the statement said.
CA is awaiting confirmation from NSW police that it has completed its investigation of the case and will not provide any further comment until received, it added.
After arriving in India, Siraj revealed that the umpires at the SCG had told India skipper Ajinkya Rahane that the team could leave the park, but the team refused to do so.
“The Australian public started to abuse me, it made me mentally strong. My main concern was not to let it interfere with my performance. It was my job to inform that I was being abused, I told Captain Rahane the whole thing. Referees told us you can walk off the field and exit the match, but Ajju bhai told the referee that we are not leaving, we respect the match, ”Siraj told reporters at a press conference in Hyderabad on January 21.
Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin showed persistence and determination on the fifth day of the third Test to deny Australia a victory at SCG.
India then defeated Australia by three wickets against all odds in the last Test of the series at Gabba last week to take the series 2-1.
The last time a visiting team triumphantly emerged from the Brisbane Cricket Ground was in November 1988, when the powerful West Indian group led by Viv Richards knocked off the Allan Border team by 9 wickets.
India’s historic victory has also seen them topple Australia in the ICC Test Team Rankings to claim second place.
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