Indian coach Mohammed Siraj has set a new standard for speaking out against poor crowd behavior, Australia’s top player Nathan Lyon said on Wednesday, describing cricket as a sport for all with no room for racism or abuse in any form. it would be. The Indian team had filed a formal complaint with the ICC after a group of spectators at Sydney Cricket Ground racially assaulted pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj on the third and fourth days of the third test. “There is no place for racial sledding or abuse of any kind. People think they are funny, but it can affect people in different ways. For me cricket is sport. for all and there is no place for that at all. ”Lyon said during a virtual press conference.
“If it’s time to call in match officials, then do it. We have a lot of security on the pitch these days and if there is someone doing it then they can be fired because there is absolutely no place for it.
“It may well create the priority to report problems to officials.”
While in the field at the edge of the square leg, Siraj was reportedly referred to as a “monkey” and “brown dog” for two days by some onlookers, who were abducted by security guards after the case had taken place. been reported to the referees on the field.
“I think it’s pretty disgusting to be honest. Yes, I’ve been on the other end of the issue, dealing with abuse, whether it’s in England, New Zealand, South Africa or elsewhere. . But there is no place for that. Player, you have to do your best to block him, “Lyon said.
He believes players would now have the option of stopping play and calling their attackers into the stands.
“It can do well (set a precedent for reporting problems to officials). It will depend on that player and how he was affected,” said Lyon.
“I really hope that in a whole global society we can get over it and people can come and watch us play cricket, with players who will not work and will not be afraid of being abused or racial abuse, ”the country’s veteran spinner said.
The Australian players had backed their Indian counterparts after the incidents with skipper Tim Paine who even joined the visiting team after Siraj’s complaints on day four of the draw.
The four-game series is currently tied 1-1 with the fourth test scheduled in Brisbane starting on Friday.
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