Cricket Australia has confirmed that India players were racially abused by spectators during the third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
At the time, India bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj raised complaints of racist comments directed at them while fielding on the boundary.
The incidents occurred during the third and fourth’s day play, which led to a break in play at one stage, when police removed six men from the stands.
‘CA [Cricket Australia] confirms that members of the India cricket team were subjected to racial abuse. CA’s own investigation into the matter remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data and interviews with spectators still being analysed in an attempt to locate those responsible,’ said CA head of security and integrity Sean Carroll in a statement.
Cricket Australia launched its own investigation at the time with the New South Wales Police and has since submitted their findings to the ICC.
The six spectators have, however, been cleared from the investigation due to insufficient evidence.
‘CA’s investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day four of the test did not engage in racist behaviour,’ added Carroll.
India claimed a heroic series victory over Australia by winning the second Test, in Melbourne, and the final encounter in Brisbane.