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Racial abuse on India fans at Edgbaston? ECB, Warwickshire launch probe

India fans complain to stewards about alleged racial abuse at Edgbaston (Pic: Twitter)

Birmingham, July 5: Warwickshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are investigating reports of racist abuse on the fourth day of the ongoing fifth Test match between England and India at Edgbaston.

A section of Indian cricket fans were racially abused towards the end of Day 4.

Several Indian fans made claims on Twitter that they had faced racist abuse from other fans during the match.

The ECB said in a statement: "We are very concerned to hear reports of racist abuse at today's Test match. We are in contact with colleagues at Edgbaston who will investigate.

“There is no place for racism in cricket. Edgbaston has been working hard to create a safe and inclusive working environment.”

Warwickshire County Cricket Club released a statement on Monday night (July 4) in which Stuart Cain, the chief executive, said: "I'm gutted by these reports as we're working hard to make Edgbaston a safe, welcoming environment for all.

"Having seen the initial tweets, I've spoken personally to the gentleman who raised them and we're now speaking to the stewards in this area to establish what happened.

“Nobody should be subject to any form of abuse at Edgbaston. So, once we've got all the facts, we will make sure this issue is addressed swiftly," he added.

Talking about the match, a 150-run stand between Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root helped turn things in favour of England at the end of the final session of Day Four of the ongoing fifth and final Test against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Monday.

At the end of the day's play, England's score read 259/3, with Root (76 not out) and Bairstow (72 not out) standing tall.

Indians were left clueless by the determination and stroke play of both in-form batters. England will further need 119 runs to clinch a historic win against India and level the series.

India would need to pluck 7 more England wickets to win the Test and the series 3-1.

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Story first published: Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 10:59 [IST]
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