India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has alleged that he has faced racial abuse from a section of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground during his previous trips to Australia as well. Ashwin's allegations come after Mohammed Siraj faced racist abuse from a few unruly supporters over the last few days of the 3rd Test between Australia and India in Sydney.
At least 5 supporters were evicted from the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday after abuses were hurled at Mohammed Siraj during the second session. Siraj went up to the umpires along with his teammates and complained of repeated abuse from the section of the crowd. The security officials at SCG quickly intervened and asked the fans in question to leave the ground. There was a brief stoppage of play on Sunday as the players on the field waited for the action to be taken. India’s team made official complaints of racism after stumps on Saturday and play was stopped for eight minutes on Sunday following claims of the more alleged abuse.
However, Cricket Australia on Sunday night labelled the abuse of players as “unacceptable” and apologised to the Indian team. NSW police, having interviewed several members of Sunday’s crowd before evicting them, is also running its own investigation.
The relationship between the two teams has taken a turn in recent times with Queensland's Health Shadow Minister Ros Bates' comments regarding quarantine guidelines for the fourth Test in Brisbane also painting the Indian team in poor light.
Cricket solely started in the mid-19th century when the sport was introduced among the elite classes. Even though it originated in the 17th century, it was still new to them. Cricket gained its popularity gradually when the elite classes started playing it. But the term changed with the context. Cricket has covered various aspects of the field, from fielding to batting. Teamwork also plays an important role in the game. The English nobility originally created the game of cricket and now it is a global multi-billion-dollar phenomenon and the second most followed sport in the world, after football.
Cricket has perfectly defined the term sportsmanship really well. It is often seen that the players are reaching out to the opposition when they require help. Unfortunately, over the years we have seen players sledging and on-field aggression being considered as passion and competitive spirit. Whatever had happened with Indian team on Australian soil is shameful incidents for the sports world.