A group of spectators have been ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground after play was delayed when Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj complained to the umpire.
- Mohammed Siraj stopped play to talk to the umpires after he was fielding at fine leg
- Play was delayed as NSW Police spoke to six people in the crowd, who were later escorted away from their seats
- Indian players made allegations of racial vilification after play ended on day three
The Indian bowler was fielding at the fine-leg boundary when he left his position mid-over to talk with umpire Paul Wilson.
The umpire then spoke to ground staff and the police as play was delayed for about nine minutes.
New South Wales Police then escorted a group of four men, then another group of two people, out of the stand.
Siraj was one of two Indian players, along with Jasprit Bumrah, who made complaints of racial vilification after play on Saturday.
It was believed to have come from the same area of the stadium where Sunday’s incident occurred.
India’s captain Ajinkya Rahane and other senior players spoke to the umpires at the end of the third day’s play as they walked from the field.
India’s coach Ravi Shastri, captain Rahane and vice-captain Rohit Sharma spoke to several ground and ICC officials, including match referee David Boon, before Siraj and Bumrah also came out and spoke to security staff.
Cricket Australia released a statement on Sunday condemning the alleged racial abuse of Indian players that had occurred on Saturday, saying it was “awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter”.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and security, said.
“If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket.”
Cricket Australia issued a further statement at the conclusion of play on on Sunday, saying it had launched an investigation with NSW Police.
“The abuse of cricketers by crowd members is not acceptable,” Carroll said.
“We thank the Indian team for their vigilance in reporting today’s incident, which we are now in the process of investigating.”
Carroll said a number of spectators were interviewed by NSW Police before being removed from the ground.
“It is most regrettable that an otherwise excellent Test match contested in tremendous spirit by two friendly rivals has been tarnished by the actions of a small number of spectators over the past two days.
“As hosts, we once again apologise to the Indian team.”
On Twitter, former Indian great VVS Laxman said what was happening at the SCG was “very unfortunate”.
Philip Heads of the SCG Trust said the body was looking into who was responsible for the alleged abuse on Saturday.
Kerry Mather, the chief executive of Venues NSW, said CCTV was being reviewed to assist the investigation.
“We are taking this extremely seriously,” Ms Mather said.
“If those involved are identified, they will be banned from the SCG and all Venues NSW properties under our Act.”
Speaking on ABC Grandstand, former Australia bowler Stuart Clark said racism was not acceptable.
“It’s unacceptable behaviour at any level, let alone at a cricket game,” Clark said.
“It wasn’t acceptable 50 years ago and it’s certainly not acceptable now.”