Sydney racial abuse: ICC condemns
সিডনি: আন্তর্জাতিক ক্রিকেট কাউন্সিল (আইসিসি) সিডনি ক্রিকেট গ্রাউন্ডে অস্ট্রেলিয়া ও ভারতের মধ্যে চলমান তৃতীয় টেস্ট ম্যাচ চলাকালীন বর্ণবাদের ঘটনাগুলির তীব্র নিন্দা জানিয়েছে এবং ঘটনাগুলি তদন্তে ক্রিকেট অস্ট্রেলিয়াকে প্রয়োজনীয় সহায়তা দেওয়ার প্রস্তাব দিয়েছে।
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney re-iterated the ICC’s zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind.
“There is no place for discrimination in our sport and we are incredibly disappointed that a small minority of fans may think that this abhorrent behaviour is acceptable. We have a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Policy in place that Members have to abide by and ensure is adhered to by fans and we welcome the action taken by ground authorities and Cricket Australia today," Manu Sawhney said.
“We will provide Cricket Australia and the relevant authorities with our full support in any ensuing investigation as we will not tolerate any racism in our sport," Manu said.
Under the ICC Anti-Discrimination policy, Cricket Australia will now be required to investigate the issue and provide a report to the ICC on the incident and any action taken to ensure the issue has been dealt with appropriately," he said.
"The Indian cricket team had apprised ICC Match Referee David Boon of alleged racial abuse at the end of the third day’s play. Match and stadium officials were alert on the fourth day and as such play was halted and six people were evicted following another incident just before tea," he said.
A group of six people was ejected from the SCG after the Indian team complained of incident of racial abuse. Play was halted for close to 10 minutes after Mohammed Siraj walked up from the square-leg boundary and complained of racial slurs at the end of the 86th over in Australia's second innings, reports Hindustan Times.
India and Australia are currently playing the third Test match.