News By/Courtesy: Sejal jain | 11 Jan 2021 17:06pm IST


  • Racism faced by Indian cricket players in Sydney.
  • They were being called 'monkeys'.
  • Ravi Ashwin says it's not a new issue.

At the third test in Sydney, the suspected racial bullying of Indian players by fans is only the latest in a litany of similar martial sport incidents in Australia, with authorities struggling to stamp the issue out. Cricket bosses promised stern action, including bans, fines, and referral to police if viewers were shown to have thrown racial taunts after two separate days of incidents overshadowed the blockbuster clash. But it remains an ongoing, albeit isolated, issue. Fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were attacked while they fielded late Saturday near the boundary ropes of the Sydney Cricket Ground, with reports that, among other insults, they were called 'monkey.' On Sunday, in a second incident, the play was stopped as Siraj ran from the border towards the umpires, pointing into the crowd. What was said was not immediately clear, but six men were expelled and inquiries are underway. Veteran Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin said it wasn't a new issue for team visits, saying he was on four tours to the nation at the end of "nasty" violence, with Sydney the worst. "This has been a continual thing at Sydney, I have personally experienced it as well," he said. "If I take myself back to my first tour in 2011-12, I had no clue about racial abuse and how you can be made to feel small in front of so many people. And the people laugh at you when you get abused, I had no idea what this was about." The weekend events were strongly criticized by Cricket Australia, as did Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who said that there is no room for racism in Australia. We are a welcoming nation and the world's most prosperous multicultural nation. But in Australian sport, it has been a question going back decades, on and off the field. Previously, former Australian Test star Usman Khawaja said that he was so abused growing up that he refused to help the national side, saying racism once even played a role in the team's selections. Khawaja, who immigrated as a child, was battling the odds of becoming Australia's first national player born in Pakistan, but it wasn't easy. Mostly from online trolls, all-rounder Dan Christian was also a survivor, disclosing last year that he was harassed for talking about "casual racism" in cricket. "as in-your-face as you might see elsewhere around the world" as in-your-face as you might see elsewhere around the world," it's there" it's there. In the 1990s, it adopted policies that made it an offense for players or officials to offend others because of their race, faith, ethnicity, color, nationality, or heritage, with many other sports, including cricket, subsequently taking up the role.


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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 12 Jan 2021 10:52am IST

Tags : Australia, cricket, sports, racism, social issue

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