Indian team threatened walk-off in the middle of SCG racism storm

Hidden in the detail of a Cricket Australia report into the Sydney Test is a stunning revelation how close the series came to falling apart.

Cricket Australia’s investigation into the alleged racial abuse Indian players were subject to by patrons at the SCG reveals Ajinkya Rahane told umpires on the field his team would not keep playing until a group of fans had been removed from the stadium.

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The fill-in captain’s ultimatum came after debutant fast-bowler Mohammed Siraj walked in from his fielding position on the boundary and said he had been abused by fans.

The claim caused a lengthy delay on Day 4 of the Third Test of more than 10 minutes as the umpires moved to act on the tourist’s complaints.

India’s Mohammed Siraj gestures next to Australia’s captain Tim Paine as the game was halted at the SCG.Source:AFP

Cricket Australia confirmed at the time a number of patrons had been removed from the venue, and NSW Police was investigating the incident.

India also lodged a complaint to the ICC after two players allegedly faced racial abuse from the SCG crowd on Day 3.

In a dramatic twist, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Wednesday the Cricket Australia report handed to the ICC has concluded Indian players were racially abused — but the investigation was not able to identify any of the culprits.

The report also clears the goup of men removed from the seats by NSW Police before they were interviewed at the venue and ultimately made the decision to leave the venue of their own accord.

Police speaking to spectators at the SCG.Source:AFP

The review also supports claims from witnesses at the ground that the men ejected on Day 4 were simply singing to Siraj without racially abusing him, before Siraj complained to the umpire and pointed in their direction.

Siraj had told CA after the Sydney Test he was called a “brown dog” and monkey”.

Cricket fan Prateik Kelkar earlier claimed he was directed to leave the venue after attempting to explain to police Siraj had not been racially abused.

“(Siraj) turned around, flipped them the finger and then walked off to tell the umpire that he was racially abused,” Kelkar told 7NEWS on Monday.

“But there wasn’t a single racist word said.

“I would’ve said something myself. I’ve experienced racism in Australia.

“We wanted to speak up because we saw they were getting pulled out and it was just not fair.”

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