Two spectators were removed from the Ageas Bowl for abusing some New Zealand players on the fifth day of the current World Cup final against India here.
“We received reports of abuse targeting New Zealand players. Our security team was able to identify the culprits and they were thrown off the ground,” an ICC statement said.
“We will not tolerate any violence in cricket.”
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, “the two fans were in block M, which is just below the hotel where both teams stayed.”
“Of course, the harassment was both general and racist in nature. Ground security was triggered after the ICC was alerted by some fans via social media about the two individuals who allegedly committed the abuse. “
Understandably, most of the abuse is directed at the kiwi batsman Ross Taylor.
However, New Zealand took a step Tim Southy said none of the players knew about such an incident.
“No, this is the first time I’ve heard about it. The game is always played with a good spirit on the pitch. We’re obviously not sure what’s going on off the pitch,” Southey said at the virtual press conference.
In January this year, a group of fans were removed from the cricket stands in Sydney after Indian Mohamed Siraj was on the verge of racial violence during the Test against Australia.
On the 5th day of the WTC final, India won 64 for two in its second inning, leading by 32 tracks after firing New Zealand for 249.