R Ashwin Rooting To Contact The Racially Abused Indian Fan At SCG
By CricShots - Jan 25, 2021 2:23 pm
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The veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin expressed his desire to get in contact with the Indian fan Krishna Kumar, who was allegedly racially profiled and abused by a mid-ranking security officer at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) stands during the third Test between India and Australia Australia. On Tuesday, India had won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series 2-1.

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R Ashwin dismissed Cameron green as Virat Kohli took the catch

For the first time in 32 years, the hosts were subjected to a defeat at the Gabba, Brisbane. Taking to Twitter Ashwin replied on Wide World of Sport’s tweet and wrote, “How can I reach you Krishna kumar?? Well done.” The operators of the SCG have already launched an investigation into claims by an Indian fan, who was told by the security officer to “go back to where you belong”.

According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Krishna Kumar, who is a resident of Sydney, was accompanied by a solicitor as he met Venues NSW legal personnel to lodge an official complaint, telling them he felt “stripped and naked” by the treatment — on the fifth and final day of the match.

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Kumar also alleged a group of spectators for calling him and members of the Indian team “curry munchers” on Saturday — the third day of the match — 24 hours before six men were men to by police when Mohammed Siraj stopped play and complained to umpires.

Cricket Australia is continuing an investigation into reports by the Indian team, that fast bowlers Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were subject to racial taunts by crowd members in Sydney. The Indian supporter Kumar, who attended three days of the third Test, has told Venues NSW that he was targeted after attempting to bring four banners into the ground on the final day of the Pink Test.

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The Indian fan was racially abused at the SCG

Written on paper roll, they said: “Rivalry is good, racism is not”, “No racism mate”, “Brown inclusion matters”, and “Cricket Australia — more diversity, please.” Elaborating the same, Krishna Kumar said, “He told me, ”If you need to address this matter, go back to where you belong. It was a very small banner. I made it out of my kids’ paper roll.”

Kumar left to return the banners to his car, he said the same official then told more junior guards to “make sure we give him a complete frisking when he gets back”.

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Recalling the incident, the Indian fan said, “To me, this is a pure case of profiling. I’m not looking for compensation, I’m not looking for free tickets, I’m not looking for a membership. I want justice. I want accountability. I was feeling stripped, feeling watched and I went there to fight racism. Why should I be stopped from addressing racism, especially at a ground where it was debatable whether it was happening or not?”

A Venues NSW had said it was “aware of the matter and has met with the complainant”.