Indian cricketers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj have allegedly faced racial abuse during the ongoing third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the team management has lodged an official complaint with match referee David Boon regarding the same, according to a report by Cricbuzz.
The report stated that the two fast bowlers faced the abuse on day two and three of the Test. This led to India captain Ajinkya Rahane and off-spinner Ashwin Ravichandran, along with Bumrah and Siraj, having a word with umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson and security officials at the SCG.
It has also been reported that there was a chat between ICC security officials and members of the Indian contingent.
According to PTI, Siraj was allegedly referred to as a “monkey” by a drunk spectator in one of stands at the SCG.
“BCCI lodged a formal complaint with ICC match referee David Boon about two of their players Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj being abused by a drunk spectator,” PTI quoted a BCCI official as saying.
Incidentally, the ‘Monkeygate’ episode during India’s 2007-’08 tour of Australia also took place during the Sydney Test.
The abuses were directed at the Indian duo while they were fielding during the Australian second innings.
Australia took firm control of the match with a substantial 197-run lead on a forgettable Saturday for India in the third Test. At the close of play, Steve Smith (29 batting) and Marnus Labuschagne (47 batting) took Australia to 103/2 with a 197-run lead..