Sydney: In the third Test against Australia, abusive language has been used with some players of Team India. On the third day of the match, racial remarks were made against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. In fact, he was allegedly racially abused by drunken spectators on the field and the BCCI complained to the ICC Match Referee.
According to BCCI sources, Siraj was called a ‘monkey’ (monkey) by an intoxicated spectator present at a stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), which led to the ‘Monkeygate’ episode of the Indian team’s tour of Australia in 2007-08. Reminded.
The most controversial history between India and Australia- ‘Monkeygate’
In 2007-08, Team India visited Australia. The Indian team was 0–1 behind in the series after a 337-run defeat in Melbourne and the second match was being played at the Sydney ground. In that match, Team India was playing on top of the Australian team and the Kangaroos lost 6 wickets for 193 runs.
After this, the round of bad umpiring started. Not one, not two, many times there was dishonesty with the Indian team.
Actually, Harbhajan Singh was batting during the match and Bhajji got into an argument with Andrew Symonds. After this, Captain Ricky Ponting was infuriated and complained to the umpire against Harbhajan. Ponting had crossed the limit because he had made a serious charge of racism, not of sledging on Bhajji. He had said that Harbhajan called Symonds a ‘monkey’ on the field.
According to ICC rules, making racial remarks is a big charge. Any kind of racial comment is considered a crime of ‘level three’. In this, the player can be banned for two to four tests.
After the end of the day’s play, the hearing lasted till midnight and three matches were banned after convicting Harbhajan. Australia won the match, but the real controversy started after this.
India’s captain Anil Kumble and the entire team were supporting Harbhajan Singh and he made it clear that he would not play the next match until the allegations of racist remarks against Bhajji were withdrawn. At the same time, protests started in India and a lot of questions were raised about bad umpiring.
Seeing the controversy in the case escalating, the ICC handed over the hearing to New Zealand judge John Hanson. After the hearing of the case, Judge John Hanson called all allegations against Bhajji baseless and said that ‘Harbhajan called Symonds not’ monkey ‘but’ your mother’s’. Because of this, this dispute is called the Monkeygate dispute.