Gautam Gambhir recommended a stricter punishment for the offenders of racist abuse against Mohammad Siraj in the Sydney Test and said that alcohol should be stopped at cricket venues.
Sydney racism row: Gautam Gambhir calls for alcohol ban in cricket venues. (AP Photo)
- Gautam Gambhir said one or two bad elements have tarnished the image of Aussie crowds
- Mohammed Siraj was racially abused by a section of supporters at SCG
- Sydney racism row: Gautam Gambhir demands strict punishment for offenders
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir reckons the racism row in Sydney Test has ‘taken the shine off’ a good, hard-fought series between India and Australia. Gambhir slammed the incidents of racism by members of the crowd against Indian players, urging boards to ban the usage of alcohol at cricket venues.
“I think this incident has taken the shine off a good, hard-fought series. One or two bad elements have tarnished the image of Aussie crowds. With the background of Covid and its impact, one would like to believe that crowds the world over would be sympathetic towards each other and the players,” Gautam Gambhir said.
“The fact that cricket is happening should because of celebration hence incidents such as these are unfortunate. Also, I think alcohol should be stopped at cricket venues. It brings out a very indifferent behaviour from the spectators. Besides, I would highly recommend a stricter punishment for the offenders. It should be exemplary so that others learn a lesson and it’s not repeated,” Gambhir added.
India pacer Mohammed Siraj was again subjected to racial slurs by fans in the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. Siraj was fielding at the square leg boundary when a group of six people started passing racial comments to him.
The play was halted for about 10 minutes as captain Ajinkya Rahane and Siraj complained to the umpires about the incident. Six people were ejected from the crowd by the security.
Siraj, as reported by India Today, was called ‘brown dog’ when he was fielding at the boundary ropes on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, India captain Virat Kohli came up with a sharp reaction to the racist row, saying the incident needs to be looked at with “absolute urgency”.
“Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable. Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary Iines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behaviour. It’s sad to see this happen on the field,” Virat Kohli said in a social media post.