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India vs Australia: Cricket Australia confirms Indian cricketers were racially abused; probe on for culprits

India pacers Mohamamad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were racially abused during the Sydney Test

Melbourne, January 27: The racial abuse of India pacers Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah during the Sydney Test created a furore and the Cricket Australia had launched a probe into the incident. The CA on Wednesday (January 27) said they have submitted the report on the incident to the International Cricket Council (ICC), confirming the racial abuse incident but are waiting to find the real identity of the spectators who engaged in the dastardly act.

The CA said they are making further inquiry into the details in collaboration with the New South Wales Police to nail the culprits who subjected the two Indian cricketers to racial abuse during the Pink Test.

Sean Carroll, CA's Head of Integrity & Security, while providing an update on the investigation into crowd behaviour during the Sydney Test said: "Cricket Australia has submitted its report into crowd behaviour at the SCG during the third Test against India to the International Cricket Council.

"CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse. CA's own investigation into the matter remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data and interviews with spectators still being analysed in an attempt to locate those responsible. Spectators who are found to have breached CA's Anti-Harassment Code face lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.

"CA's investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day four of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour. As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, apologises to the Indian men's cricket team.

"CA is awaiting confirmation from NSW Police that it has completed its investigation into the matter and will not offer further comment until it is received."

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Story first published: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 9:43 [IST]
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