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ICC to investigate racist abuse controversy after spectators removed in SCG Test
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ICC to investigate racist abuse controversy after spectators removed in SCG Test

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to probe allegations of racist abuse of the Indian team from certain sections of the crowd in the third Test after six people were evicted from the stadium and play was halted for 10 minutes on Sunday.

The ICC investigation follows complaints from Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah as they were apparently targeted with racially charged taunts while fielding at the boundary ropes of the SCG on Saturday.

In a separate incident, play was paused briefly before the tea break on the fourth day of the Test when Siraj rushed to the umpires pointing into the crowd.

It was not directly communicated what was said but the police sprang into action and removed six men from their seats.

Cricket Australia later issued a strong statement condemning the racist abuse, reiterating its strict stance of intolerance regarding such occurrences.

“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” said CA’s head of Integrity and Security Sean Carroll. “If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket.

“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday."

“Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harassment Code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.

“As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent.”

Australia's spin bowling legend Shane Warne lambasted the guilty crowd members on-air during his commentary stint and described the whole ordeal as shameful.

“Disgraceful to be honest, absolutely disgraceful,” he said. “Let’s hope they come down heavy and find the culprits.”

The SCG encounter is being played with about 10,000 fans being allowed each day - almost a quarter capacity of the stadium - due to coronavirus concerns.