Sydney: Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that racist abuse from the spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground is nothing new and needs to be dealt with vigorously. On the fourth day of the third Test match of the series being played here, some spectators were removed from the field after making racial remarks on Indian players.
Ashwin said after the day’s play that Indian players have faced racism in Sydney before. At the press conference after the match, he said, “We have faced racism in Sydney before.” This needs to be dealt with very strictly.
Indian players gathered in the middle of the field during the second session of the fourth day on Sunday, when Siraj, standing at the square leg boundary, complained of being abused. After this, security personnel went to the spectator gallery and started looking for the person who was abusing and then a group of spectators were asked to leave the stand and the Australian Cricket Board apologized.
According to local media reports, the security personnel of the field expelled six people from there. During this time the game also stopped for 10 minutes.
Ashwin said, “I didn’t know in 2011 what racism is and how you make others look younger.” In this, other people also give a laugh. Australian coach Justin Langer also criticized the incident.
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