In an unprecedented incident, the Indian cricket team had officially lodged a complaint to the match officials of the Sydney Cricket Ground after Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj reportedly faced racial abuse from the crowd during the second and third day of the ongoing third Test match against Australia. The incident had shocked the Indian team and the fans with the BCCI stating the incident as unacceptable.
According to reports, both of them particularly had faced racial abuse and comments and they initially brought the matter to India's captain Ajinkya Rahane following which the matter has gone to Team India coach Ravi Shastri and it was decided that such incidents should not be ignored. After the game, the incident was reported and brought up to the attention of the match officials of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the security officers at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had strongly reacted against the incident. Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official said that the Indian cricket board stands with the boys as such behavior is unacceptable. He said, "The tour has surely turned sour and the last thing you expect in a civilized society is racial abuse. The ICC and Cricket Australia need to be very responsive to this as the possible alternatives are not very pleasant for cricket, especially during the present circumstances".
"The Sydney Test has now become an acid test for Cricket Australia interim Chief Nick Hockley and we are in complete solidarity with our boys. Racial abuse is unacceptable", the official added. The reports say that ICC has now taken note of the matter for further investigations. BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla had expressed disappointment after Indian pacers Bumrah and Siraj were subjected to racial abuse by the SCG crowd.
Shukla further stated that these kinds of incidents are not acceptable for cricket lovers and he has urged every cricket board to take stringent measures against such kinds of incidents. Many fans had also expressed their displeasures on social media and sent solidarity to the Indian players.
On the match front, India and Australia are playing the third Test match of the four-match series with leveling the series so far with one victory each. At the end of the third day, the host is leading the match with 197 runs and has control of the game.
In the first innings, the Indian bowling line-up had restricted the host for 338 runs and while the host had bowled out India for 244 runs and took to lead of 94 runs. With the decent lead, the Aussies had begun their 2nd innings and at the end of the third day, the host had scored 103 runs by losing two wickets and leading 197 runs than the visitors. While David Warner and Will Pucovski got dismissed for 13 runs and 10 runs respectively on the third day, Marnus Labuschange and Steve Smith are standing at the crease with 47 and 29 runs respectively.