Play was stopped in the second session on Day Four of the ongoing third Test after Indian players made a complaint to umpires about unsavory comments being made for Mohammed Siraj by a section of crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The incident happened before the start of the 86th over in Australia’s second innings when Siraj, fielding on the boundary line, went to skipper Ajinkya Rahane and raised the issue that some fans were passing abusive comments directed at him.
Rahane then walked up to the square-leg umpire Paul Reiffel and complained about the same. While players huddled in the center, security personnel entered the stands and a group of six Australian fans were removed from their seats by New South Wales Police.
The incident follows alleged racial abuse of Indian players by a small section of the SCG crowd on Saturday.
“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, was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“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.
Meanwhile, Australia declared their second innings at 312/6, thus setting a 407-run target for the Indian team.