Racist remarks on Indian players embarrassing: Langer
Sydney, 10 January
Racist remarks on Indian players embarrassing | Australian coach Justin Langer termed it embarrassing for some spectators to make racist remarks on Indian players during the third cricket Test here. These spectators were later dismissed from the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for their behaviour.
The visiting team’s fast bowler Mohammad Siraj complained of racist remarks by a group of spectators following which the game was halted for a while during the fourth day. Some spectators were later kicked off the field and the host country’s cricket board apologized.
After the end of the day’s play, Langer was asked many questions on this issue and this former Australian opener insisted on education for this.
“Racist remarks on Indian players embarrassing”
In reference to Australia’s poor history about indigenous tribals, Langer said, “I have just read a book on the history of Australia and have seen some good documentaries in the last few months. It is sad, we are educating ourselves and it makes you very sad that people are facing racism.”
He said, “When you are educated about what happened in the history of Australia, then you understand why it is so painful.”
A day before Sunday’s incident, a drunk viewer on SCG allegedly made racist remarks on Jaspreet Bumrah and Siraj. The Cricket Board of India then filed a complaint with the International Cricket Council.
Racist remarks on Indian players embarrassing | Reacting to two incidents of racism against the visiting team in two days, Langer said it is shameful that the image of such a hard-fought series is tarnished by such incidents.
He said, “Sorry, this is frustrating and disappointing.”
Langer said, “I hate that people come to watch cricket or any other sport by paying money and think they can use abusive language or things like that.”
He said, “I mean to say that as a player I hated it, as a coach I hated it, we have seen it in different parts of the world and it is sad to see it happening in Australia.”