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Crowd abuse allegations at Sydney Test heighten tensions among Indian squad

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The International Cricket Council is investigating allegations of Indian players being abused by crowd members at the SCG following a complaint made at the close of play on Saturday.

Indian players walk from the field at the close of play on day three of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Indian players walk from the field at the close of play on day three of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The news comes as the status of the fourth Test at the Gabba remains in doubt, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India still to confirm the Indian team will travel to Brisbane after the third match of the series wraps up in Sydney.

The ICC was responding to a complaint made by the Indian camp about the treatment of players by members of the crowd on the third afternoon of the third Test on Saturday.

Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, who sources said was among those subjected to the abuse, was pictured speaking to ICC and venue security officials after the day's play, as was fellow quick Jasprit Bumrah.

Ground operator Venues NSW was working with the ICC and making CCTV footage available after staff stationed on the boundary near the Brewongle Stand were also made aware of reports of abuse.

Members of the touring party were also photographed speaking to Cricket Australia's interim chief executive, Nick Hockley, after play on Saturday. But a spokesman for the Indian team could not be contacted on Saturday night.

The alleged taunting of Indian players was an ugly end to a third day of the match in which Australia assumed a commanding position in their quest to go 2-1 up with a game to play.

It was also the latest flashpoint of a series that has had no shortage of drama associated with it.

There is still uncertainty about where it will conclude, the Indians having been grumbling behind the scenes for a week about tighter restrictions on their movements in Brisbane.

While the Australian and Indian teams are due to travel north on a chartered flight on Tuesday, CA executives may not feel comfortable until the plane is off the tarmac.

While CA sources say senior office bearers at the BCCI have expressed support for heading to Brisbane after being reassured players would be let out of their hotel rooms and be able to mingle with teammates, there have been reports all throughout the week of Indian unwillingness to go to the Gabba.

The fact Brisbane has been forced into a three-day lockdown because of the discovery of a quarantine hotel cleaner with the contagious UK strain of the virus may not help the situation.

 

 

 

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