IND vs ENG 2nd T20: The second T20 between England and India is set to be played at Edgbaston on Saturday and the match will be monitored by undercover football observers to prevent racist abuse. Warwickshire County Cricket Club confirmed this on Thursday.
England won the rescheduled fifth Test against India chasing 378 before lunch on the final day, scoring 259/3 on day four. However, there have been reports of racial remarks made by some of the audience in this thriller.
The issues of racial humiliation at the Edgbaston test were initially highlighted on Twitter by former Yorkshire cricketer Azim Rafiq, following an investigation by West Midlands Police.
Warwickshire chief executive Stuart Kane said: “Earlier this week almost 100,000 people watched one of the most exciting Test matches in recent history. But we were experienced by some of the fans who followed India to the Eric Hollies stand.
He added: “These unacceptable actions by a small number of people have affected a major sporting event and the people responsible do not deserve to be part of the cricketing family. We have to take responsibility as a place with the people. We have to work hard.”
For Saturday’s T20 (IND vs ENG), Warwickshire has confirmed that mob-style undercover football observers will be stationed in Edgbaston to listen for abusive behavior and report it for immediate action. He added that police presence at matches would be increased to allow for faster handling of such incidents and a better chance of successful prosecution.
The club also said that in subsequent matches all fans would be encouraged to report abuse through the Edgbaston app.
“In the meantime, I would like to apologize to the fans who have been racially abused. Everyone at Edgbaston will work hard to do better and welcome them with open arms in the future,” he said.