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Indian source reveals what was said in racist abuse of Mohammed Siraj by SCG fans

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Indian source reveals what was said in racist abuse of Mohammed Siraj by SCG fans

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Six people are under investigation after India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj complained about alleged abuse at the SCG.

A Board of Control for Cricket in India source has reportedly detailed racist slurs against fast bowler Mohammed Siraj during the third Test against Australia.

While reports from eyewitnesses in the crowd on Sunday at the SCG suggested that the heckling of Siraj was not overtly racist, a BCCI official claimed otherwise.

Siraj was referred to as ‘brown dog’ and ‘big monkey’, both of which are racist slurs. The matter was immediately brought to the notice of on-field umpires. They were constantly abusing Bumrah too,” an anonymous BCCI source told Press Trust of India.

Police talk to a member of the Indian squad regarding an onfield complaint by Mohammed Siraj.

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Police talk to a member of the Indian squad regarding an onfield complaint by Mohammed Siraj.

The BCCI has reacted angrily to the incident, which followed an official complaint on Saturday about alleged abuse against Siraj and fellow paceman Jasprit Bumrah. The Times of India newspaper claimed that both players were called “monkeys” by drunk SCG patrons, as well as being targeted with crude non-racial abuse.

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BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that racial abuse “will not be tolerated”.

Mohammed Siraj celebrates after taking the wicket of David Warner.

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Mohammed Siraj celebrates after taking the wicket of David Warner.

Siraj approached the umpires after the 86th over of Australia’s second innings on Sunday, walking in from his fielding position on the boundary. The fast bowler, 26 and playing on his first Australian tour, was visibly upset while making the allegations and pointing to the crowd.

The anonymous BCCI source said that while the team had waited until the end of play on Saturday to complain, on Sunday immediate action had been instructed.

“Actually, the players didn’t want to lose focus during the proceedings and decided that the matter would be reported only after the day’s play was over. However, umpires have told us that moment anything of that nature happens, the players should report immediately,” the source said.

Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India.

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Police speak to spectators following a complaint from Mohammed Siraj of India.

Play was halted for about 10 minutes and six patrons were escorted from their seats by police to be interviewed. The matter is still being investigated, by both NSW Police and Cricket Australia.

“The abuse of cricketers by crowd members is not acceptable,” CA’s head of integrity and security Sean Carroll said in a statement.

“We thank the Indian team for their vigilance in reporting today’s incident, which we are now in the process of investigating.

India's Jasprit Bumrah takes a drink during play on day three of the third cricket test.

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India’s Jasprit Bumrah takes a drink during play on day three of the third cricket test.

“A number of spectators were interviewed by NSW Police and subsequently removed from the SCG on Sunday afternoon. While we await the outcome of the investigation by NSW Police, CA has launched its own inquiry into the matter.”

Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin said that Sydney had a nasty history of abusing Indian players, spanning a decade.

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