India is locking horns against Australia in a four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, while the third Test is currently on in Sydney. India has been a part of racial abuse in the past. The anti-racism drive has become more prominent since the past year.
As India struggles to better the Aussies in the ongoing third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the side has brought something controversial in the limelight. It has been alleged that pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj have been victims of a racial slur at the venue.
According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, four Indians alleged that a section of the crowd abused them at the SCG. The incident was immediately brought into the attention of the on-field umpires at stumps on Day 3, as the Indians were seen having a lengthy discussion with them.
It is unclear whether the Indians have lodged an official complaint with the officials yet, while match referee, David Boon, visited the Indian dressing room to discuss the same. As per the report, Siraj pointed out at the Randwick End of the venue.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) is reportedly to look into the matter, rather than the International Cricket Council (ICC). The latter has prepared a strict anti-discrimination policy, updated in August 2019, which is being implied by all board members for international and domestic matches.
An official report needs to be filed with ICC within two weeks of the incident, while the spectators are also to be reminded about maintaining proper conduct. Notably, the SCG is working at a limited capacity, of 25%, currently, owing to the COVID restrictions.
"It shall be a breach of the terms and conditions of entry to the venue for any ticket-holder to engage in any conduct (whether through the use of language, gestures or otherwise) which is likely to offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify any other person (including players, match officials or spectators) on the basis of their race, religion, culture, colour, descent, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and/or maternity status. Such action will not be tolerated and is likely to result in ejection from the venue, the imposition of other sanctions, such as being banned from the venue in the future and possible further action including criminal prosecution," says the updated ICC's anti-discrimination policy.
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Last Updated Jan 10, 2021, 5:46 AM IST