- Adam Zampa appeared to not sing national anthem
- Andrew McDonald and coaching staff also declined
- Some fans are calling for Zampa to be stood down
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa has sparked outrage after he and coach Andrew McDonald were spotted standing silently during the national anthem ahead of Australia’s win over Sri Lanka at the ODI World Cup in India.
Zampa, 31, was poor in earlier defeats against India and South Africa, but roared back to life in Lucknow with a four-wicket haul.
However, it did not go unnoticed that he didn’t sing Advance Australia Fair before the match.
Footage showed Zampa standing tight-lipped while his teammates around him heartily sang the national song.
Zampa was spotted singing the anthem in Australia’s previous two matches, but for some reason declined on this occasion.
Zampa (pictured, next to Steve Smith) was spotted not singing the national anthem before Australia’s match against Sri Lanka
Coach Andrew McDonald and his staff also chose not to sing during the anthem in Lucknow
The spinner’s act of not singing occurred in Australia’s first match since the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum – where the proposal suffered a resounding defeat.
It is not known if Zampa’s actions were in any way related to the recent referendum.
McDonald, and members of his coaching team, were also spotted standing silently through the anthem.
Many Aussie cricket fans took to social media to express their annoyance with the act, with some calling for Zampa to be dropped.
‘Adam Zampa should not be playing for Australia if he is not proud enough of Australia to sing the national anthem,’ wrote one fan on X.
‘CA and many of the woke Aussie cricketers are a national disgrace,’ said another.
‘Sack them immediately,’ fumed a third.
Social commentator Rosita Diaz was also perplexed by what she saw, writing on X: ‘Adam Zampa declined to sing the national anthem at Lucknow. Ditto for Andrew McDonald. Makes no sense to me. Are they not proud to be Australian’s on a World Cup stage? If not, why are they out there?’
Cricket Australia was one of many professional sporting bodies that endorsed the Indigenous Voice to Parliament proposal.
Annoyed cricket fans have taken to social media to express their frustrations with Zampa
Zampa sung the national anthem pre-game against India and South Africa but chose not to against Sri Lanka
The Australian Cricketers’ Association is reported to have told players on the subcontinent they will have access to counselling if the proposed changes were not widely endorsed.
Athletes choosing to not sing the national anthem has been making headlines this week with NRL stars, including Kotoni Staggs, Payne Haas, Selwyn Cobbo and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow choosing to stand silently before Australia’s clash with Samoa.
Footage of the quartet not singing angered former ARL chairman Ken Arthurson who said the players should show more ‘respect’.
Media figure Peter Peters added: ‘I’m sick and tired of seeing players zip their mouth in the national anthem.’
Rugby league legend Max Krilich called for players to be dropped from the Kangaroos if they do not wish to sing Advance Australia Fair before matches.
Footy legends Mal Meninga, Johnathan Thurston and Latrell Mitchell have all defended players who decide not to sing the anthem before matches.