Cricket Australia (CA) has launched an investigation with the police after senior Indian spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin lodged a formal complaint regarding the crowd behavior on the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia. Ashwin alleged the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) had racially abused bowler Mohammad Siraj.
CA has declared that they will take the “strongest measures” once the individuals responsible for the act were identified.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behavior. If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket,” Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security said on Sunday.
“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday. Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harassment Code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions, and referral to NSW Police. As series hosts, we unreservedly apologize to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent,” he added.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said that BCCI and CA stand shoulder to shoulder against racial abuse and added that stronf action will be taken against the offenders.
“The BCCI has taken up the matter strongly with the concerned authority. BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah, spoke to Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Eddings and expressed his concern over the incidents and both agreed that action needs to be taken against the offenders to send out a strong message that racism and discrimination do not have a place in our great sport and in any walk of society,” Dhumal said.
He further added, “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 behavior 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.”
The BCCI had earlier lodged a complaint about the racial abuse hurled at Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah by the crowd at SCG on Saturday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also said earlier that they strongly condemned the act of racism and have extended their support to CA in investigating the matter.
“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 behavior 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,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said in a press release.