Racial abuse allegations have marred the Sydney Test

Tanya Simon
January 12, 2021

The game's global governing body said six men were ejected. "Under the ICC Anti-Discrimination policy, Cricket Australia will now be required to investigate the issue and provide a report to the ICC on the incident and any action taken to ensure the issue has been dealt with appropriately", the ICC said.

India are chasing a target of 407 to win the third Test at the SCG.

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has lavished high praise on Rishabh Pant whose counterattack on the final day of the third Test in Sydney brought the contest alive.

India captain Virat Kohli, who is missing the last three Tests of the four-match series for the birth of his first child, tweeted that such racist behaviour was "pathetic". I've read Stan Grant's book, Australia Day...

Speaking to reporters after day four, India spinner Ravi Ashwin claimed he has been subjected to abuse from Australian crowds for nearly a decade. This is my fourth tour to Australia. He's happy something is finally being done about a problem he's experienced before at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

As the world woke up to Black Lives Matter in 2020, to tackle racism around the world, the cricket world has been rocked by the racial abuse incident over the past two days in Sydney, Australia.

"The way the crowd have been speaking. they have been quite nasty and hurling abuse as well".

"Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable", Kohli tweeted. He said he was surprised that a few supporters at SCG went on with their racist taunts even after India lodged an official complaint on Saturday. "And we must make sure that it doesn't happen again". "It is definitely not acceptable".

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"We thank the Indian team for their vigilance in reporting today's incident, which we are now in the process of investigating".

Umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson had a long debrief with Indian players then spoke with ground staff, trying to get to the bottom of who was responsible for the comments directed at boundary fielder Siraj.

Kerrie Mather, Venues NSW's Chief Executive, said CCTV footage was being reviewed to assist the ICC investigation.

Australia coach Justin Langer expressed his disgust too, calling racism one of his greatest pet hates. I thought he has been a bit defensive in the first innings that is certainly not how he plays in first-class cricket.

India's captain, Virat Kohli, who is now back in India awaiting the birth of his child, tweeted that the series of racist incidents must be dealt with "strict action" and urgency.

At stumps on day 4, Ajinkya Rahane-led side reached the score of 98/2, with Rohit Sharma playing a knock of 52 runs while Shubman Gill scoring 31.

Pat Cummins got the wicket his threatening bowling deserved when he lured Sharma into a pull shot and had him caught by Mitchell Starc on the boundary.

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara did not answer when asked about the matter at the end-of-day news conference. Siraj's teammate, Jasprit Bumrah, also made complaints prior on Saturday.

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