From the Monkeygate scandal to the racial abuse of Siraj: 5 cases where racism has eclipsed the gentleman’s game | Photo credit: AP
- Indian team leaders Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were targeted by some Australian fans on days 3 and 4 of the 3rd test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
- Siraj was allegedly nicknamed “Brown Dog” by Australian fans during the 3rd Border-Gavaskar Trophy test match
- The entire cricket fraternity condemned the incidents of racism reported in the SCG test
Even though cricket is dubbed the gentleman’s game, several controversial and unfortunate incidents on the 22-yard track have simply called into question the integrity and dignity of international players in the past. As the resumption of sporting events is seen as a breath of fresh air amid the coronavirus pandemic, few fans and followers of the game have yet succeeded in ensuring that racism in sport continues to remain a major topic of discussion during these testing times. .
Considered one of the most competitive bilateral series of the current ICC World Test Championship, the 2020-2021 edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia, host of Australia, recorded a horrible incident of discrimination in the third test match marred by racism. row in Sydney. Players representing the Indian national team were subjected to racist abuse by a notorious part of the crowd during the third and fourth days of the 3rd test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The row over racism during the SCG test between India and Australia not only shocked the entire cricket fraternity, but the appalling incident also sparked debates on how some previous incidents managed to eclipse the game. of the gentleman. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the most infamous incidents that have threatened to destroy the competitive nature of cricket.
1) Brown Dog and Great Monkey – Siraj-Bumrah at SCG
In the words of Virat Kohli, the iconic SCG witnessed an “absolute spike in rowdy behavior” as Indian leaders Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj were racially abused by Australian onlookers. days 3 and 4 of the 3rd test match. Siraj, who plays his first series for India in the longest format, was reportedly called “Brown Dog” and “Big Monkey” by Australian fans, which paved the way for immediate ban and subsequent arrest of six spectators on Sunday.
2) That Guy: Archer Targeted on Bay Oval
“An incredible crowd besides this guy,” England speed trader Jofra Archer said in a tweet two years ago. Archer was playing his first away test match at the Bay Oval when the 2019 World Cup winner heard racial slurs from one of the Kiwi fans. Facing the music in White, Archer was trying to save the test match for the English Lions when the incident took place. Taking stock of the situation, the New Zealand Cricket Council issued a swift apology following the disturbing incident.
3) Take this! Moeen Ali was called Osama
Cricket Australia was also forced to open an investigation when England cricketer Moeen Ali accused an Australian player of insulting him during the 2015 Ashes. In his autobiography, Ali revealed that he had been referred to as “Osama” by an Australian player. According to the excerpt from Ali’s book, an Australian player turned to him on the pitch and said, “Take this, Osama.” The Englishman had claimed that he “could not believe” what he had heard at the time.
4) ‘Abey Kaale, Teri Ammi ..’: Sarfaraz racially assaulted Phehlukwayo
Former Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed had apologized to Andile Phehlukwayo and the South African people for his racist taunts against international Proteas in 2019. The disgraced wicket keeper was surprised by the channel’s microphones. broadcast when he made a racist comment in Urdu. “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?“(Hey black, where is your mother sitting today? What (prayer) did you make her say for you today?)”, Sarfaraz had said while keeping the counters for Pakistan. in Durban.
5) Symonds vs Harbhajan: the Monkeygate scandal
Before the racism dispute in Sydney, it was the Monkeygate scandal during the 2007-2008 Down Under Indian tour that rocked the entire cricket fraternity. Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds had accused veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a monkey.
Before being acquitted for launching racial abuse, spinner Harbhajan was given a three-game suspension and the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) had even considered curtailing the Down Under tour following the scandal. . However, Harbhajan remained an integral part of the Indian team and also played the Adelaide test after the famous Team India in Perth.
Legendary Australian cricketer and two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting had said the Monkeygate scandal was possibly the lowest point in his career (as captain). Speaking on a podcast, Ponting opened up about the Monkeygate incident and said he was not in full control of what happened during the entire episode.