Cricket Australia, in a report submitted to the ICC, has confirmed that few Indian players were subject to racism and they are investigating the final matter to identify the culprits.
The Sydney Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, as glorious as it was for the grittiness shown by the Indian players after having their backs to the wall, was marred with controversy following the Indian team lodged a formal complaint for the racial abuse they were subjected to in the game multiple times.
While Cricket Australia then promised a thorough investigation into the matter, few local publications interviewed spectators in their own way and concluded that there was no racism.
However, CA have found out in the independent investigation that the players were indeed the victims of racism and they promised swift action following the conclusion of the investigation by NSW Police.
“CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse,” Sean Carroll, CA’s Head of Integrity and Security, said in a statement.
“CA’s own investigation into the matter remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data, and interviews with spectators still being analysed in an attempt to locate those responsibly.
“Spectators who are found to have breached CA’s Anti-Harassment Code face lengthy bans, further sanctions, and referral to NSW Police.”
Cricket Australia apologizes to Indian team
Six spectators had to be removed from the stands after concerns raised by the Indian team over abuse from the crowd. However, CA stated that those people were not the culprits and did not engage in racial behaviour. CA further apologized to the Indian team for the incident.
“CA’s investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by the media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day three of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour.
“CA is awaiting confirmation from NSW Police that it has completed its investigation into the matter and will not offer further comment until it is received.”
“As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, apologises to the Indian men’s cricket team,” Carroll added.