Ind vs Aus 3rd Test – Mohammed Siraj racially abused once again: Cricket fraternity is furious as India pacer Mohammed Siraj was once again subjected to unsavoury comments from the fans at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday during the fourth day of the ongoing India vs Australia 3rd Test.
In the concluding minutes of the second session on day four, Siraj, fielding on the boundary line, went to skipper Ajinkya Rahane and raised the issue that some fans were passing abusive comments directed at him. Rahane then had a word with umpire Paul Reiffel and the play was stopped for a few minutes at SCG until the police removed six fans from that section of the stands where Siraj pointed out.
Also, the Indian team had on Saturday lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the SCG racially abused Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj over the second and third day of the ongoing Pink Test. A BCCI official in the know of developments told ANI that the Indian cricket board stood with the boys as such behaviour is “unacceptable”.
Meanwhile, cricket fraternity took to Twitter to condemn racial abuse at the SCG.
The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 10, 2021
Tum karo toh Sarcasm , aur koi Kare toh Racism .
Very unfortunate with what some of the Australian crowd has been doing at the SCG and spoiling the vibes of a good test series. pic.twitter.com/mrDTbX4t7i
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 10, 2021
I personally have heard many things on the field while playing in Australia about Me My religion My colour and much more..This isn’t the first time the crowd is doing this nonsense..How do u stop them ?? #AUSvIND
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 10, 2021
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
Unacceptable behaviour there is no place for racism, I hope this is dealt in the most severe way. #AUSvIND
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) January 10, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) January 10, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 10, 2021
Com’on spectators, we can all do better. The game of cricket is about celebrating EVERYONE and not abusing. #Unacceptable
P.s. Getting to watch cricket live from the stadium is a privilege in these difficult times, honour it.
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) January 10, 2021
There’s a difference between banter and abuse. Esp if it is racial abuse. Poor from the spectators and even worse from #glenmcgrath to just brush it aside on air #SonySports @SonySportsIndia #SayNoToRacism
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) January 10, 2021
Few dafts are doing the Aussie image of a sporting Nation grave harm by barracking or shall we say barking (?) racial abuses…SCG gets poor name by default..not quite Crkt I’m afraid..!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) January 10, 2021
I hope the spectators evicted from the SCG today aren’t allowed in to a ground at anytime. They tarnish our sport and they tarnish the reputation of their society.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 10, 2021
It’s shameful that a visitor in our country – not least Siraj, who has performed so joyously at the start of his Test career – has to endure this. And anyone who plays it down, as they will on Sky News later tonight, should be condemned. https://t.co/GhC9vWR8lE
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) January 10, 2021
As if this Test series wasn’t unpredictable enough.
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) January 10, 2021
Disappointing is a very mild word for this issue: Ashwin
“Adelaide and Melbourne were not as bad, but like I said this has been a continuous thing in Sydney, I have dealt with it in the past, the fans here tend to get nasty, I do not know why they do it, unless and until it is dealt with, people don’t find the necessity to look it in a different way. I was surprised to see some section of the crowd going on with it and they were not pulled up for it, it was surprising to see, this issue had to be dealt with, disappointing is a very mild word for this issue, I must say,” Ashwin said while replying to an ANI query during the virtual press conference.
It’s a shame, one of my greatest pet hates: Justin Langer
“I have just read a book on the history of Australia and watched some good documentaries a couple of times in the last few months. It’s saddening, we are educating ourselves and it makes you feel very sad that people are subjected to racism,” Australian coach Justin Langer said referring to the Australia’s troubled history with regards the indigenous aboriginals.
“When you start getting educated… About what has happened in the history of Australia you can understand why it’s so hurtful,” he added.
“Sorry, it is upsetting and it is disappointing,” he asserted.
“…it is one of my greatest pet hates in life, that people can think they can come to a sporting event, whether it is cricket or any kind and pay their money and think that they can abuse or so whatever they like.
“I mean, I have hated it as a player, I have hated it as a coach, we have seen in different parts of the world, it is really sad to see this happen in Australia,” he said.
“I think our series so far has been played in such great spirit, it has been incredible cricket, it has been brilliant to watch on field, it’s been really played in good spirit between both the teams.
“It’s a shame to see (the series) getting marred by incidents like that we are hearing about today and last night.”