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Cricket Australia confirms Indian team was subjected to racial abuse during Sydney Test

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After the Indian cricket team officially registered a complaint against racial abuse during the third Test against Australia in Sydney, Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and security Sean Carroll on Wednesday confirmed that the Indian team was subjected to racial abuse. Notably, two Indian bowlers—Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj—were subjected to racial abuse during the Sydney Test by the crowd and the pacers had registered a complaint in this regard.

Official statement from Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia (CA) has issued an official statement in this regard. The statement reads: “”Cricket Australia has submitted its report into crowd behaviour at the SCG during the third Test against India to the International Cricket Council.”

“CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse. CA’s own investigation into the matter remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data and interviews with spectators still being analysed in an attempt to locate those responsible. Spectators who are found to have breached CA’s Anti-Harassment Code face lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.”

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“CA’s investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day three of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour.”

The statement further reads: “As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, apologises to the Indian men’s cricket team.”

“CA is awaiting confirmation from NSW Police that it has completed its investigation into the matter and will not offer further comment until it is received.”

Interestingly, the match umpires had given an opportunity to the Indian team to walk out of the ground following the complaint, but the Indian team, showing true sportsman spirit, decided to continue with the game.

 

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