Former Indian cricketer and a legend of the sport, Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday joined the bandwagon in condemning the alleged racial abuse of Indian gamers on the Sydney Cricket Floor on day four of the third Check between India and Australia of the Border-Gavaskar sequence.
Sachin feels that the game unites all, by no means discriminates and quite recognises expertise regardless of race, color or nationality. The previous cricketer feels that the offenders ought to by no means be allowed again into any stadium.
“SPORT is supposed to UNITE us, not DIVIDE us. Cricket by no means discriminates. The bat & ball acknowledges expertise of the particular person holding them – not race, color, faith or nationality. Those that don’t perceive this have NO PLACE in a sporting enviornment.”
The Indian group had apprised match referee David Boon of alleged racial abuse on the finish of the third day’s play. Match and stadium officers have been alert on the fourth day and as such play was halted and 6 folks have been evicted following one other incident simply earlier than Tea throughout Australia’s second innings.
Earlier, Indian skipper Virat Kohli had taken to Twitter to strongly condemn the act saying it was unhappy to see what occurred along with his teammates on the Sydney Cricket Floor (SCG).
“Racial abuse is completely unacceptable. Having gone by means of many incidents of actually pathetic issues mentioned on the boundary traces, this is absolutely the peak of rowdy behaviour. It is unhappy to see this occur on the sphere,” Kohli mentioned.
“The incident must be checked out with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict motion in opposition to the offenders ought to set issues straight for as soon as,” he added.’
In the meantime, Cricket Australia (CA) has apologised to Group India and guaranteed strict motion in opposition to the offenders.
“CA is awaiting the result of the Worldwide Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported on the SCG on Saturday. As soon as these accountable are recognized, CA will take the strongest measures potential beneath our Anti-Harassment Code, together with prolonged bans, additional sanctions and referral to NSW Police. As sequence hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our mates within the Indian cricket group and guarantee them we are going to prosecute the matter to its fullest extent,” mentioned Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Safety in an official assertion.
The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) additionally condemned the incidents of racism and mentioned it has provided Cricket Australia all crucial assist in investigating the incidents.
“There is no such thing as a place for discrimination in our sport and we’re extremely disenchanted small minority of followers might imagine that this abhorrent behaviour is appropriate,” mentioned ICC Chief Govt Manu Sawhney.
(with IANS inputs)