Sydney: Abuse was used with some Indian team players in the third test against Australia. On the third day of the match, racist comments were made against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. In fact, he was allegedly racially abused by drunken spectators on the pitch and BCCI filed a complaint with the ICC match referee.
According to BCCI sources, Siraj was referred to as a “ monkey ” (monkey) by a drunk spectator at a booth at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), which led to the episode “ Monkeygate ” of the Indian team’s tour of Australia in 2007-08. Recalled.
The most controversial story between India and Australia – ‘Monkeygate’
In 2007-08, Team India visited Australia. The Indian team were 0-1 behind in the series after a 337-point loss to Melbourne and the second game was played at the Sydney field. In this match, Team India played above the Australian team and the Kangaroos lost 6 wickets for 193 races.
After that, the round of bad referees began. Not once, not twice, several times, there was dishonesty with the Indian team.
In fact, Harbhajan Singh was hitting during the match and Bhajji had an argument with Andrew Symonds. After that, captain Ricky Ponting burst into flames and complained to the referee against Harbhajan. Ponting had crossed the line because he had brought a serious charge of racism, not sledding on Bhajji. He said Harbhajan called Symonds a “monkey” on the pitch.
By ICC rules, making racial remarks is a heavy burden. Any type of racial comment is considered a “level three” crime. In this, the player can be banned for two to four tests.
After the day was over, the hearing lasted until midnight and three matches were banned after convicting Harbhajan. Australia won the match, but the real controversy started after that.
Indian captain Anil Kumble and the whole squad were backing Harbhajan Singh and he made it clear that he would not play the next game until the charges of racist remarks against Bhajji were dropped. At the same time, protests started in India and many questions were raised about bad arbitrations.
Seeing the escalation of controversy in the case, the ICC handed the hearing to New Zealand Judge John Hanson. After the hearing of the case, Judge John Hanson called all the allegations against Bhajji unfounded and declared that “Harbhajan called Symonds not ‘monkey’ but ‘your mother’s’. For this reason, this dispute is called the Monkeygate dispute.