Fourth Test match between India and Australia is also under controversy. Indecent and racist remarks were made on 2 Indian players on the first day of the Test. According to the Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald, Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar were called worms by the audience.
This is the third time in the last 6 days that indecent remarks have been made on Indian players. Earlier, on the third and fourth days of the Sydney Test, Australian spectators called Siraj a monkey and a dog.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted reports from an audience Kate. According to Kate, Siraj and Sundar were fielding on the boundary line at the time of the incident. Whereas, the audience sitting behind them was calling them both as worms. Kate said, ‘It was a Sydney-like affair. The audience first started singing and then asked Siraj to turn towards them. After this, he started committing profanity.
Sydney Morning Herald journalist Sam Phillips has posted a video of the incident. He wrote in the caption, “The audience at Gaba made indecent remarks on Siraj for the third time in a week.”
Cricket Australia (CA) apologized to Team India after the controversy in Sydney. He said that we have a zero tolerance policy regarding racial remarks. We will not tolerate this type of incident at all and action will be taken on the matter. Despite this, the case of racial remarks came up in the second consecutive test. Not only this, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also condemned the Sydney incident.
This is Washington Sundar debut test. In his very first match, he faced the misery of the Australian audience. At the same time, Siraj is leading the Indian pace bowling attack in the absence of Mohammad Shami and Jaspreet Bumrah.