Warwickshire will deploy undercover monitors for the second Twenty20 between England and India at Edgbaston following allegations of racist behavior among members of the crowd during this week’s fifth Test, the county said on Thursday.
A number of supporters said on Twitter that they had been subjected to racist abuse from other fans at the Birmingham Stadium on Monday. The hosts won the match by seven wickets to level the series 2–2.
“Nearly 100,000 people watched one of the most exciting Test matches in recent history … but we cannot hide from the senseless racist abuse experienced by some fans following India in the Eric Hollis Stand,” Warwickshire chief executive said Stuart Kane in a statement.
“These unacceptable actions by a small number of people have overshadowed a superb sporting competition and those responsible do not deserve to be part of the cricket family.”
As well as employing “football mob-style undercover observers”, there will be an increased police presence in Edgbaston for Saturday’s game.
The Bharat Army, India’s official global supporters’ group, later said many of its members had targeted a “very small minority”, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saying they were “very concerned”. from the reports.
West Midlands Police have now launched an investigation into the incident.
“I want to apologize directly to all fans who have been subjected to racist abuse. Everyone at Edgbaston will be working hard to do better,” Cain added.
English cricket was rocked by a racism scandal last year when former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafique claimed he was a victim of institutional racism at the club.
Last month, the ECB charged Yorkshire and a number of individuals following an investigation into the allegations.