Team India had lodged an official complaint with ICC on Saturday when both Siraj and fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah were similarly abused. A probe has been started.
The racist fans told Bumrah and Siraj, “You brown dog, go home. We don’t like you”. The two were called “monkeys, wanker and motherf*****” on Saturday.
“These crowds have been free to come to the stadium and move around freely in Sydney, mouthing off. The Indian players have been subjected to all kinds of abuse at the same ground. The players are going through hell,” said a member of the Indian contingent.
Cricket Australia (CA) “unreservedly” apologised to the Indian team. “As series hosts… we assure them (Indian players) we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent,” CA head of security and integrity, Sean Carroll, said.
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India captain Virat Kohli, himself the victim of racial abuse on the boundary line in the past in Australia, tweeted: “Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable. Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary lines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behaviour. It is sad to see this happen on the field.
“The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against offenders should set things straight for once.”
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— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1610271959000
An Indian team official said, “We will move on from this incident — like possibly many such incidents that former Indian teams or other sides from the subcontinent have been subjected to on tours over the years. Whatever this culture change that they (Aussies) harping about, fact it this (sort of abuse) comes naturally to them.
“It just doesn’t end. At airports, while leaving the hotel, inside the stadium, on the streets — somewhere you’re going to get it. It’s nobody’s fault that some nameless, insensitive and vile human is going to let his or her tongue loose. But it’ll happen and there’s no running away from it. That’s a fact,” he added.