The just-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy was one for the ages, as the visiting Indian team came up with the performance of a lifetime to tame the mighty Aussies Down Under and overcame all adversities to retain the crown. As for the difficulties, racial abuse was one of them.

During the intense third Test in Sydney, pacer Mohammed Siraj had complained to the on-field umpires of racial abuse. On Day 4, the play was halted briefly, as a section of fans were asked to leave for the same, while Cricket Australia opened investigations for the same.

Meanwhile, CA confirmed on Wednesday that the Indians were indeed subject to racial slurs. However, it also confirmed that the fans removed during the Sydney Test had been cleared. “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,” said CA’s Head of Integrity & Security, Sean Carroll to AAP, reports cricket.com.au.

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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 four of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour. 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,” he concluded.

Earlier, veteran Indian all-rounder, Ravichandran Ashwin stated that racial abuse was common in Sydney against India and has been done on regular occasions in the past. “This is my fourth tour to Australia and in Sydney, especially, we have had a few experiences even in the past,” he had said, reports ESPNCricinfo.

“I think one or two times even the players have reacted and got into trouble in the past, and that’s not because of the player, it is actually because of the way the crowd has been speaking, especially the people close to the boundary edge. They have been quite nasty, they have been hurling abuses as well, but this is the time they have gone one step ahead and used racial abuse,” he had added.