the match between Australia and India on the fourth day of the Sydney Test had to be stopped for a while after the players of the visiting team complained of ‘abuse’ by the spectators.
Indian fast bowler Mohammad Siraj pointed to a stand from the umpires and complained of alleged misconduct by spectators where he was fielding near the boundary.
After the complaint, Indian fielders and Australian batsmen gathered in the middle of the field, after which umpires Paul Rifle and Paul Wilson stopped the game for eight minutes. Meanwhile, police and security questioned the spectators at the stand.
Police later picked up at least five people from their seats and took them off the field.
After the resumption of the game, Australia declared their innings when all-rounder Cameron Green was dismissed for 84 off the last ball before the tea break.
The hosts set a target of 407 for India to win with four games to go. By the end of the day’s play, the visitors had scored 98 runs and four of their players had been dismissed.
On the last day of the match, Monday, India will need another 309 runs to win.
Siraj had earlier complained of racist remarks by fans after Saturday’s game and Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council are already investigating the incident.
Attitudes like racism are unacceptable to us, said Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s head of security.
He saidAs : the host of the series, we apologize to our friends in the Indian cricket team for these attitudes and assure them that we will take full action on this matterc..
Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms all forms of discrimination. Once those responsible have been identified, the CA’s harassment regulations will include the toughest measures, including a long-term ban on the field, further restrictions and handing over suspects to New South Wales Police..
Meanwhile, the stadium management said that CCTV footage was being used to assist in the investigation.
We’re taking this very seriously, said Carrie Mather, chief executive of Venues New South Wales. If those involved in the incident are identified, they will be banned.