India pacer Mohammed Siraj was referred to as a “Brown Dog” and “Big Monkey” in a sequence of racist slurs hurled by a bunch of Australian spectators, who had been ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground in the course of the third Test on Sunday, a BCCI official has alleged.
Siraj and his senior teammate Jasprit Bumrah had been additionally subjected to racist slurs on Saturday, one thing that the Indian group administration formally reported to ICC Match Referee David Boon.
“Siraj was referred to as ‘Brown Dog’ and ‘Big Monkey’ both of which are racist slurs. The matter was immediately brought to the notice of on-field umpires. They were constantly abusing Bumrah too,” a BCCI supply informed PTI on situations of anonymity.
On Sunday, in the course of the 86th over of the Australian second innings, Siraj was seen strolling from his place within the deep and speaking to the square-leg umpire earlier than the straight umpire and different senior gamers joined the dialogue.
Play was halted for shut to 10 minutes earlier than stadium safety as nicely as New South Wales Police checked in to the related stand from the place the nasty feedback had been being hurled at.
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After talking to the spectators within the adjoining space, the police evicted six supporters, who’re at the moment within the custody of New South Wales Police.
It is learnt that on Saturday, the Indian group introduced the matter to the discover of match officers solely after the third day’s play ended and by then the mischief-mongers had fled the stadium.
“Actually, the players didn’t want to lose focus during the proceedings and decided that the matter would be reported only after the day’s play was over. However, umpires have told us that moment anything of that nature happens, the players should report immediately,” the supply added.
Cricket Australia has promised strongest motion towards the offenders and in addition unreservedly apologised to the visiting group.