Play was interrupted during day four of the third Test between India and Australia with six people ejected and New South Wales police investigating an incident in the SCG crowd.
After end of day three was marred with allegations of abuse from the crowd that sparked a complaint from Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah, play was stopped midway through Sunday afternoon’s play just before tea.
Bumrah was running in to bowl when captain Ajinkya Rahane and keeper Wriddhiman Saha indicated for him to pull up.
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Siraj had come off the boundary at fine leg and gesticulated, making a complaint to the umpires and pointed towards the crowd.
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It is not known whether the complaint on Sunday was in relation to abuse of a racial nature.
A lengthy delay then ensued with both teams standing around in a huddle while security and police were involved in sorting out who the alleged perpetrators were.
After a 10-minute delay a group of six men were taken away. They were spoken to by police and then removed from the ground.
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“Get security around there and if there’s been any abuse directed at the players, kick them out straight away,” said Mike Hussey on Fox Cricket.
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“One thing that is certain is that there’s no place for racism, anywhere,” added ex-England international Isa Guha. “We have the right protocols in place.
“It was the right call for Siraj to come up and speak to the captain and umpire.”
Former Indian Test star VVS Laxman tweeted: “Very unfortunate to see what’s happening at SCG. There is no place for this rubbish. Never understood the need to yell abuse at players on a sporting field. If you’re not here to watch the game and can’t be respectful, then please don’t come and spoil the atmosphere.”
Very unfortunate to see what’s happening at SCG. There is no place for this rubbish. Never understood the need to yell abuse at players on a sporting field.. If you’re not here to watch the game and can’t be respectful, then pls don’t come and spoil the atmosphere. #AUSvIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 10, 2021
At tea, Cricket Australia released a statement regarding Saturday’s crowd incident.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” it read.
“If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket.
“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday.
“Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our anti-harassment code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.
“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.”