England fans hurl racist comments towards Indian cricketers and fans during Nottingham Test
Though none of the Indian cricketers reported any incident as there was no direct comments referred to them.
Updated - Aug 9, 2021 10:57 am
India’s tour of Australia was filled with controversies during the 2020-21 season. Among many, Mohammed Siraj and other few Indian cricketers facing racist comments during the game hogged a lot of limelight. Even the action was taken on the spectators who were moved out of the stadium. Team India is currently on England tour and in the middle of a five-match Test series.
The cricket crowd in the country is known to be very good as they also appreciate the opposition after playing a good shot, picking up a wicket or achieving a milestone. The racism incidents have never come forward from the stadiums in England. But it happened during the first Test between England and India in Nottingham and a British Indian female has revealed the incident.
The fan took to Reddit to narrate the experience and stated that the English fans were constantly hurling abuses and racist comments towards Indian cricketers. India fast bowler Mohammed Shami was being called ‘Sh**ty Shami’ while the skipper Virat Kohli was referred to as ‘wanker Kohli’ after losing DRS. They also called the visiting team players lazy and cheaters according to the fan.
‘Go back to India’ – English fans said to Indian fans during the match
The fan further stated that during the constant inflammatory gestures and usage of language when one of the ladies asked the English fans to stop, she was asked about her nationality. And when the aforementioned intervened and told them to show some basic respect, the home fans asked her to ‘Go back to India’.
Soon she reported the incident to the steward and the ground officials were kind enough to take a quick action. They removed the particular man from the ground who had told the 31-year-old lady to go back to India. The lady and her family were then moved to the stand where more Indian fans were present but even a small section of English fans kept chanting ‘Delta’ in relation to the COVID-19 variant which was previously named as ‘Indian variant.’
This is a shocking incident as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is constantly trying to create awareness about racism since last year or so taking a knee right from the series against the West Indies when cricket resumed post COVID-19 break.