After Stumps on Day 3, Team India lodged an official complaint that the fast bowling duo Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were subjected to some of the racial abuses by the crowd at the SCG, as per the reports of Cricbuzz. Only 10,000 fans are allowed for the ongoing Test.
At the end of play on Day 3, the senior players including skipper Ajinkya Rahane and R Ashwin among others spoke to the two on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson, bringing to their notice that Bumrah and Siraj had been subjected to the abuse.
Reports suggest that there were rather dramatic scenes outside the Indian dressing rooms after stumps on day 3, with ICC and stadium security officers engaging in long discussions with Bumrah, Siraj and the Indian team management.
Indian officials have reportedly claimed that the fast bowling duo were abused by members of the public for the past two days and believe the abuse has been racist in nature.
A report in The Daily Telegraph, stated, “It’s understood Indian officials say the pair have been abused by members of the public for the past two days, and believe the abuse has been racist in nature… amid suggestions a crowd member at the Randwick end of the ground abused Siraj who was fielding at fine leg at the time.”
Quite a long discussion between the senior Indian players, including captain Rahane, the umpires & a security official at close of play. Looked like it was to do with something someone from the crowd had said to Mohammad Siraj who was at fine-leg at the Randwick end #AUSvIND
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It further added, “In another instance while the match was still continuing, Indian staff walked around behind where Bumrah was standing in the outfield and spoke to the star quick.”
Some of the reports have also been suggesting that Bumrah spoke to security officials before leaving, and as did Siraj. Umpires and match referee David Boon also walked past India’s rooms.