Indian cricket stars reported cases of racial abuse hurled in their direction by fans as they faced Australia in the third friendly between the two nations on Saturday.

Captain Ajinkya Rahane and other members of the team approached the umpires at the Sydney Cricket Ground after the match on Matchday 3 to complain about the abuse allegedly distributed to their team during the game.

Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, who both line up in low positions near the border and within earshot of the fans in the stands, complained during the last session of the day that they had heard racist slurs from fans while they were playing.

The support staff then exited the locker room and positioned themselves outside the boundary rope to hear the alleged abuse for themselves for the remainder of the session.

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While batsman Cheteshwar Pujara would not address the situation when questioned at the post-game press conference, it later emerged that the team had filed an official complaint with Australian referee David Boon.

According to the Times of India, team sources said that “Bumrah and Siraj were called monkeys, winks, and motherfucks by people for almost all of the time they were in the field.

“Captain Ajinkyah Rahane spoke to the match officials and then the team management went to Boon and made a formal complaint.”

Due to the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, the crowd for the event was limited to just 10,000 fans and the complaint is now being taken up by Cricket Australia, which must report the incident to the world governing body, the ICC, within two weeks .

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