Birmingham Police arrest a man in connection with racist abuse during fifth Test between India and England

The Birmingham Police on Friday apprehended a man in connection with the racist abuse during the India vs England rescheduled fifth Test.

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Birmingham Police arrest a man in connection with racist abuse during fifth Test between India and England

Birmingham Police (Source: Twitter)

Birmingham Police arrested a 32-year-old-man who was involved in racist abuse during the recently concluded India vs England fifth Test at Edgbaston. They confirmed the same on Friday. The issue came to light when many Indians took to Twitter to share the incident of racist remarks being hurled at them by a section of the English fans on Day 4 of the Test. Birmingham Police have also confirmed that the arrested man "remains in custody for questioning".

“A 32-year-old man has been arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence after reports of racist, abusive behaviour at the test match in #Birmingham on Monday. He remains in custody for questioning," the official handle of Birmingham Police tweeted.

After the reports of racist abuse emerged, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had condemned such behaviour from a certain section of English fans.

The ECB said it was in contact "with colleagues at Edgbaston" who will be investigating the matter. Azeem Rafiq, the former Yorkshire cricketer who had raised allegations of racism and bullying in Yorkshire, highlighted some tweets that described the racist abuse of Indian fans taking place in the Edgbaston crowd.

The England and Cricket Board tweeted that there was no place for racism in cricket, saying it will investigate the matter.

"We are very concerned to hear reports of racist abuse at today's Test match. We are in contact with colleagues at Edgbaston who will investigate. There is no place for racism in cricket," ECB tweeted.

The fifth Test was an entertaining affair for the fans as they witnessed great cricketing action on all five days of the Test. The duo of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja enthralled the audience on Day 1 as they brought up their respective centuries after India were reeling at 98/5 on Day 1. Day 3 saw a magnificent hundred from Jonny Bairstow who took the attack on the Indian bowlers after a verbal battle with Virat Kohli. The England team chased down 378 runs target in the fourth innings courtesy of centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root which was also the highest successful chase in their rich history of Test Cricket.

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