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Outrage over SCG spectators ‘racial slur’ against Mohammed Siraj ; ICC, CA, BCCI condemn incident

India's Wriddhiman Saha dives to take a catch on the fourth day of the Third Test Match at Sydney Cricket Ground
Day 4 match in progress at the SCG. Photo-ANI, 10 January 2021.

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 11 December 2021: Cricket lovers are outraged over a racial incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on the 4th day of the India-Australia Test match when alleged incidents of racism happened. Both Cricket Australia and the ICC have condemned the incident and the matter is being investigated by Cricket Australia.

A report in The Hindu (The Evening Wrap, Sunday 10, January 2021) says, “On Day 4, play was halted for a few minutes after Indian team complained that few spectators allegedly used racial slur at Mohammed Siraj during the second session.

We have faced racism in Sydney earlier too. It needs to be dealt with iron fist,” off-spinner R. Ashwin told reporters at the post-day press conference.

Local media reported that six people were expelled from the ground by the security during the nearly 10-minute halt in the on-ground proceedings. Australian coach Justin Langer also condemned the unsavoury incident.”

Addressing the media, Team India bowler R Ashwin called for racial abuse to be dealt with strictly and spoke about how the team will approach the final day of the third Test. Video- BCCI

As the match was in progress Mohammed Siraj stopped the play and made a formal complaint to Umpire Paul Reiffel about some spectators in the bay behind his fielding position making racial slurs. What slurs were made is not known.

“The Indian team later on Saturday lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the SCG racially abused Bumrah and Siraj over the second and third day of the ongoing Pink Test. The crowd did not stop on day four of the ongoing Pink Test as Siraj along with India skipper Ajinkya Rahane had a word with umpire Paul Reiffel regarding the unruly behaviour of the crowd.
Visuals on television indicated that there were some words spoken for Siraj who was fielding near the boundary rope. Both the umpires then had a word with each other and the police then asked a group of men to leave the stand, ANI reports.


ANI further reports: BCCI Treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said on Sunday, “The BCCI has taken up the matter strongly with the concerned authority. BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah, spoke to Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Eddings and expressed his concern over the incidents and both agreed that action needs to be taken against the offenders to send out a strong message that racism and discrimination do not have a place in our great sport and in any walk of society,”

Earlier, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had informed, via Twitter, that Cricket Australia has ensured him of strict action against the offenders. “Racism has no place in our great sport or in any walk of society. I’ve spoken to CricketAus and they have ensured strict action against the offenders. BCCI and Cricket Australia stand together. These acts of discrimination will not be tolerated. @SGanguly99 @ThakurArunS,” Shah tweeted.”

Cricket Australia has reaffirmed its zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms following the alleged racial abuse of members of the Indian cricket squad by a section of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security, said anyone who sought to vilify and/or harass had no place in Australian cricket.

“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” Carroll said. “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 apologize to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent.”

Kerrie Mather, Venues NSW’s Chief Executive, said CCTV footage was being reviewed to assist the ICC investigation.

“At the SCG, we pride ourselves on welcoming anyone and everyone in a safe and inclusive environment,” Mather said.

“We are taking this extremely seriously. If those involved are identified, they will be banned from the SCG and all Venues NSW properties under our Act.”

Blockbuster Australia-India men’s series to enthrall Cricket lovers


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 29 October 2020: Diwali, Australia-India men’s series, Xmas, New Year eve and much more will enthrall in the post-COVID-19 scenario. India- Australia exciting Cricket, no doubt, has always been a blockbuster. The eagerly anticipated Vodafone Test series, Dettol ODI Series, and Dettol Twenty20 International Series between the Australian and Indian men’s teams schedule has been confirmed.

The battle for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will begin with a day-night encounter at the Adelaide Oval on December 17, followed by Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (December 26), the Sydney Cricket Ground (January 7), and the Gabba (January 15).

The Adelaide fixture will be the first day-night Test played between the Australian and Indian men’s teams, adding historic significance to a series between two of cricket’s greatest rivals.

Neither side has lost a day-night Test previously, with the Australian men’s team winning all four twilight Tests in Adelaide against New Zealand, South Africa, England, and Pakistan, and India winning its only encounter at Eden Gardens versus Bangladesh in 2019.

The Australian men’s team is currently ranked No. 1 on the International Cricket Council’s Test standings, however, India will be buoyed by the knowledge it has won three of the previous four series against Australia, including a first-ever series win on Australian soil in 2018-19.

The men’s international summer will commence with the three-match Dettol ODI Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (November 27, 29) and Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 2). That will be followed by the three-match Dettol T20 International Series at Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 4) and the Sydney Cricket Ground (December 6, 8).

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Both white ball series will be keenly contested. The Australian men’s team is fresh from an away ODI series win over world champions England, while India holds a slight edge over its rival in the 50-over format with a 12-10 win-loss record against Australia over the past five years.

The Australian men’s team is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the ICC’s T20I rankings and posted a thrilling 2-0 away series win over India last year. India, however, holds a 5-4 win-loss advantage over Australia in its past ten T20I matches.

Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India for working constructively with Cricket Australia despite the challenging coronavirus pandemic.

“Across all three formats, Australia and India represents one of the great rivalries in world sport and we are delighted to welcome Virat Kohli’s outstanding squad to Australian shores this summer,” Hockley said.

“We have worked closely with the BCCI for many months to bring this tour to life, and I cannot speak more highly of the professional, thorough and collaborative manner with which they have approached this tour in these extraordinary and complex times.

“I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at the BCCI for the faith and support they have shown in the plan we have developed, which we believe will result in a safe and successful summer for all involved.

“We would also like to especially thank the NSW Government for allowing players from both teams to safely prepare during quarantine, as well as other governments and health authorities who have worked with us to host a series which, I have no doubt, will live long in the memories of all who experience it.

“I would also like to thank everyone across Australian cricket and our valued partners for working tirelessly to navigate through the challenges to deliver a schedule that will bring joy and excitement to hundreds of millions of fans at home and abroad.

“The safety of the Australian community and all participants is our highest priority and we will continue to work with governments across Australia to ensure the schedule proceeds in line with relevant directions and biosecurity protocols. In relation to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, we are working with the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Cricket Club on plans to safely host spectators at the iconic event with details to be confirmed in due course.”

NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said: “The NSW Government is pleased to support Cricket Australia and ensure that Australians get to see a Summer of cricket.”

NSW Acting Minister for Sport, Geoff Lee said: “We can’t wait to host one of the world’s best teams for a terrific summer of cricket with the SCG ready to host the third test in January. NSW loves its cricket and we are so pleased we could work hand in hand with Cricket Australia to make this series happen.”

In addition to the international fixtures, CA can also confirm dates for tour matches ahead of the Vodafone Test series. India A will take on Australia A at Drummoyne Oval (December 6-8), and India will play Australia A in a day-night match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (December 11-13).

India’s squad will arrive in Sydney on November 12 subject to Australian Border Force travel authorization and the appropriate departure-approvals. The team will quarantine in Sydney prior to the first match of the series on November 27.

Dettol ODI Series v India                                                                                                          

First ODI: Friday, November 27 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Day-Night)

Second ODI: Sunday, November 29 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Day-Night)

Third ODI: Wednesday, December 2 – Manuka Oval, Canberra (Day-Night)

Dettol T20 INTL Series v India

First T20: Friday, December 4 – Manuka Oval, Canberra (Night)

Second T20: Sunday, December 6 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Night)

Third T20: Tuesday, December 8 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Night)

Vodafone Test Series v India

First Test: December 17-21 – Adelaide Oval (Day-Night)

Second Test: December 26-30 – Melbourne Cricket Ground

Third Test: January 7-11 – Sydney Cricket Ground

Fourth Test: January 15-19 – The Gabba, Brisbane

Team India’s T20I, ODI and Test squads for Tour of Australia

The All-India Senior Selection Committee met via video-conference on 26 October 2020 to select the Indian Cricket Team for the upcoming Tour of Australia. Team India will take part in three T20Is, three ODIs, and four Test matches against Australia.

Team India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy

Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur

Team India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj

Four additional bowlers – Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T. Natarajan – will travel with the Indian contingent.

The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor the progress of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma, says the BCCI at its site.

*The matches and travel remain subject to any relevant government restrictions or requirements.

MCG to host Boxing Day Test 2020 with capped 25,000 spectators

MCG. Photo: SAT/NN

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, 28 October 2020: The traditional Boxing Day Test (BDT) will be held this year (2020) with a quarter of its spectator capacity. The 31
st, consecutive Boxing Day Test will be played at the MCG in December, underscoring Melbourne’s unique standing in world cricket and backed by a new contract between the ground’s manager and Cricket Australia.

The three-year contract was confirmed as Cricket Australia today unveiled its summer schedule – Melbourne’s iconic December 26-30 fixture will be the second of four Test matches to be played between Tim Paine’s Australians and Virat Kohli’s Indian team.

The Victorian Government, MCC, and Cricket Australia will develop a rigorous COVIDSafe plan based on the most up-to-date public health advice to enable a limited number of fans to safely attend the Test this year. Crowd numbers will be confirmed closer to the match but will be capped at around 25,000 spectators.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is one of the most fiercely contested in cricket and world number-one Australia will be seeking to take it back from the visitors this summer. India won the last Boxing Day Test played between the two sides, in 2018 when victory confirmed it would retain the trophy.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula “Melbourne is Australia’s unchallenged sporting and events capital and the Boxing Day Test is one of the cornerstones of our renowned annual calendar.”

This has been a tough year and it will be just a reward for many to have the opportunity to watch the Aussies take on India at our cathedral of sport. And to have the fixture locked in until 2022 is fantastic.”

Australia is scheduled to play home series against England in 2021 and South Africa in 2022, ensuring a mouth-watering menu of international cricket for Melbourne and Victoria.

Melbourne Cricket Club chief executive Stuart Fox says, “The MCG hosted the first-ever Test match in 1877 and holds a special place in the heart of cricket fans – we’re excited to be welcoming the Indian team this year and England and South Africa in the summers to follow.”

The first MCG Boxing Day Test was played in 1950, against England. Since 1980 there has been only one year – 1989 – which has not featured a post-Christmas Test match at the ground.

Cricket Australian chairman Earl Eddings says, “Come Boxing Day, it will be 291 days since the MCG hosted Australia’s win in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final – we can’t wait to host another iconic match at the MCG.”

The Boxing Day Test joins a long list of marquee sporting events under contract to Victoria. The AFL Grand Final will be played at the MCG until at least 2058 while the Australian Open is locked in at Melbourne Park for another 16 years – until 2036.

Long-term contracts for the Formula One Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park (2025) and Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island (2026) is also in place.

Dettol – Cricket Australia tie-up to ensure secure & hygienic steps for cricket revival

Photo- Cricket Australia

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, 28 September: Dettol and Cricket Australia have announced their new global partnership, supporting the secure and hygienic return of Cricket for Aussie players, staff, fans, and the community.

This summer, players at the elite level, through to junior clubs, can feel more confident returning to grounds, ovals, and backyards thanks to the trusted protection of Dettol and Cricket Australia’s new hygiene measures.

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia Interim CEO, says, ” We feel exceptionally fortunate and proud to be partnering with Reckitt Benckiser. Dettol is such a well-known and trusted brand with a long heritage, both here in Australia and around the world, and their support will give confidence about protecting the return of community and elite cricket this summer.”

Dettol will join as the naming rights partner of the Men’s One Day International and Men’s T20 International Series as well as the Men’s Support Team, along with a partnership with the World Cup-winning Women’s International team, for the next four years.

integral to the partnership, Dettol and Cricket Australia will help investigate the transmission of germs in the sport, where the use of sweat to polish the cricket ball during gameplay is common practice.

Having heard about Cricket Australia’s plans to test disinfectant on cricket balls, Dettol offered to lend their expertise to test and validate different hypotheses on germ transfer throughout the game in order to help protect players and staff.

Dave Rankine, Regional Director for RB Health ANZ, owner of the Dettol brand, says, “We’re excited to bring the expertise of Dettol to Cricket Australia, partnering together to protect the sport so many Australian’s love, from watching our national teams play to participating in games ourselves through community clubs. Our partnership with Cricket Australia will help to embed important hygiene habits into the lives of all Australians as we enter the new normal.”

The two organizations will work together to develop important hygiene protocols to benefit the teams, support staff, and wider cricketing community. Dettol will also provide products to players, staff, and suppliers offering trusted germ protection throughout the season, in keeping with Cricket Australia’s extensive hubs protocols, says a Cricket Australia media release.

Qantas tour of the UK confirmed; squad announced

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 14 August 2020: Cricket fans are in for a feast with the Australian men’s Qantas Tour of England being confirmed with Aaron Finch’s squad set to travel to the United Kingdom later this month.

Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to detailed biosecurity and travel plans for what will be the first international tour undertaken by an Australian national sporting team since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The CA board approved the plans at a meeting last week and the Australian Government on Wednesday granted exemptions for outbound travel for the touring Australian squad, says a Cricket Australia media release.

Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim Chief Executive, said: “We are very excited to be heading to England and to get back into the international fray. We congratulate the ECB on leading the resumption of the game in a way that places the health and safety of players and staff at its core.

“We would also like to thank the Australian Government, as well as all those who have worked tirelessly to put together a plan that allows for the tour to progress in a bio-secure way.”

The Australian men’s team will depart from Perth on Sunday, August 23, and travel to Derby. They will play four practice matches – three T20s and one 50-over game – before playing England in three Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. Both venues have hotels on-site.

Cricket Australia has also worked closely with the Federal Government as well as health authorities in planning the tour.

Justin Langer, the Australian men’s Head Coach, said: “It’s vital for cricket that we do everything we can to keep the game going in these tough times.

“I am delighted with how the players have returned to their states from the break back in March. The whole squad has come back fitter and stronger, which is a great testament to each of them.

The three One-Day Internationals will form part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

The National Selection Panel (NSP) has chosen the following Australian T20 and ODI squad for the Qantas Tour of England:

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland)
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Mitchell Marsh (Western Australia)
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
Riley Meredith (Tasmania)
Josh Philippe (Western Australia)
Daniel Sams (New South Wales)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Steven Smith (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
Andrew Tye (Western Australia)
Matthew Wade (Tasmania)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (New South Wales)

“It’s a squad with great depth and a sprinkle of some exceptional young players,” Trevor Hohns, National Selector, said.

Australian Men’s Qantas Tour of England matches:

Friday, Sept 4: 1st T20 International, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Sunday, Sept 6: 2nd T20 International, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Tuesday, Sept 8: 3rd T20 International, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Friday, Sept 11: 1st ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Sunday, Sept 13: 2nd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Wednesday, Sept 16: 3rd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester