Jan 10, 2021

ICC condemns racist abuse by spectators in Sydney

Australian cricket's governing body has apologised to India and is investigating claims that visiting players were subjected to racist abuse by spectators during the third Test.

India made an official complaint after day three on Saturday that bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj had received racist abuse in Sydney.

And on Sunday, play was halted for 10 minutes after more alleged abuse.

Six people were subsequently ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Cricket Australia (CA) and New South Wales police are investigating this incident, which was reported to umpires by Siraj.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has strongly condemned reported incidents of racism during the ongoing third Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground and have offered Cricket Australia all necessary support in investigating the incidents.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney re-iterated the ICC’s zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind:

“There is no place for discrimination in our sport and we are incredibly disappointed that a small minority of fans may think that this abhorrent behaviour is acceptable. We have a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Policy in place that Members have to abide by and ensure is adhered to by fans and we welcome the action taken by ground authorities and Cricket Australia today.

“We will provide Cricket Australia and the relevant authorities with our full support in any ensuing investigation as we will not tolerate any racism in our sport.”

Under the ICC Anti-Discrimination policy, Cricket Australia will now be required to investigate the issue and provide a report to the ICC on the incident and any action taken to ensure the issue has been dealt with appropriately.

(Excerpts : BBC News / ICC)

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