Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is currently in India on paternity leave, condemned the incidents of racial abuse by members of the crowd against Indian cricket team pacer Mohammed Siraj during the Day 4 of the Sydney Test on Sunday. Kohli has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Cricket Australia to probe the unfortunate incident with absolute urgency.
In a series of tweets, Kohli Condemned the incident of racial abuse against Siraj and called the incident absolutely unacceptable. He tweeted that he has gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary lines but it is the absolute peak of rowdy behavior. It’s very sad to see this happen on the field.
In another tweet Kohli said the incident needs to be addressed with an absolute urgency and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once.
Also, the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin alleged that he has faced racial abuse from a section of crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground during his previous trips to Australia as well. Talking to the reporters, Ashwin demanded strict action against the repeat offenders at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 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.
Another Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also took to Twitter and urged to stop racism. He tweeted that he was racially abused about his religion and colour during match on previous Australia tours. He said this isn’t the first time the crowd is doing this nonsense.
On Day 4, a group of six spectators were ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground after India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj complained of abuse. The incident came a day after India lodged a formal complaint with Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj alleging racial abuse from the crowd. After the complaint, the security personnel decided to enter the stands and look for the mischief monger before a group of people was asked to leave the stadium.
Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security said in an official statement that the Cricket Australia is awaiting the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the racial abuse matter. The International Cricket Council on Sunday condemned the alleged incidents of racism and asked Cricket Australia for an action taken report. Meanwhile, Cricket Australia apologised to Team India after the incident and said anyone who engages in racist abuse is not welcome in Australian cricket.