The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday removed two fans from the Ageas Bowl crowd in Southampton for inappropriate behaviour during Day 5 of the World Test Championship. The unruly behaviour from the two was reported on social media.
A fan on social media claimed that he was able to hear a couple of fans who were hurling abuse at New Zealand players on live television. The fan also added that there were reports of the fans racially abusing New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor.
General Manager of Marketing And Communications of the ICC, Clarie Furlong took notice of the user’s post and promised appropriate action. In a couple of hours, Furlong said on social media that the two fans, who are alleged of unruly behaviour, were spotted and removed from the venue.
“Hey folks, is there anyone at the ground taking note of crowd behaviour? There is a patron yelling abuse at the NZ team. There’s been some pretty inappropriate stuff throughout the day, including reports of racist abuse directed at LRPL Taylor,” a fan wrote on social media. He also confirmed that he was not present at the venue but was able to hear the abuse on live television.
“Just to let you know, two individuals have been identified and removed from the venue for their conduct. Thanks for taking the time to contact @ajarrodkimber and I, we really don’t stand for that sort of behaviour in cricket,” Furlong said.
Just to let you know, two individuals have been identified and removed from the venue for their conduct. Thanks for taking the time to contact @ajarrodkimber and I, we really don’t stand for that sort of behaviour in cricket.
— Claire Furlong (@ClaireFurlong14) June 22, 2021
She also added that the security were informed about the alleged behaviour before the two fans were spotted an removed.
The ICC has been taking action against unruly behaviour in the crowd over the years. Notably, in India’s tour of Australia earlier this year, fans were evicted from the Sydney Cricket Ground for allegedly hurling racial abuse at India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj.
On Tuesday, it was certainly an unwanted distraction as the quality of cricket on display was terrific. New Zealand have the slender edge leading into the Reserve Day as fast bowler Tim Southee got the wickets of India openers. India have a 32-run lead and Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are unbeaten in the middle.
Earlier in the day, Mohammed Shami came up with a fiery spell, picking up 4 wickets, including that of Ross Taylor, Henry Niccholls, Colin de Grandhomme and Kyle Jamieson. However, a dodgy innings from Kane Williamson (49) and quick cameos from Jamieson and Southee helped New Zealand post 249 runs, 32 more than India’s first innings total.
The Reserve Day will be used as 2 full days have been washed out in the historic final due to rain in Southampton.