WTC Final: Spectators removed for abusing New Zealand players

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Two spectators were thrown out from the Ageas Bowl for abusing some New Zealand players on day five of the ongoing World Test Championship final against India in Southampton. ICC stated, “We received reports of abuse directed at New Zealand players. Our security team were able to identify the culprits and they were ejected from the ground.”

The board further said, “We will not tolerate any sort of abusive behaviour in cricket.” According to a report in ‘ESPNcricinfo’, “the two fans were in Block M, which is just below the on-site hotel where both teams are staying. It is understood that the abuse was both general and racist, the ground security was triggered into action after the ICC was alerted by some fans through social media about the two persons who allegedly carried out the abuse.”

It was understood that most of the abuse was directed towards Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor. On the other hand, Blackcaps pacer Tim Southee is unaware of this incident. The pacer said in the press conference, “No, it’s the first (time) I’ve heard of it. The game is always played in a good spirit on the field. We’re not sure obviously what’s happening off the field.”