WADA 'whereabouts' clause unacceptable: Harbhajan

Harbhajan Singh stood firm on his objection to the controversial WADA "whereabouts" clause, saying he was not bound by the "unacceptable" ru

updated: August 09, 2009 09:06 IST
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New Delhi:

India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Saturday stood firm on his objection to the controversial WADA "whereabouts" clause, saying he was not bound by the "unacceptable" rule.

"We are not bound to inform WADA about our whereabouts," Harbhajan said.

"If I go somewhere like buying vegetable and at that time WADA need my sample then it will become my fault and repetition of the same for more than three times will make me a defaulter," he wondered.

"So this is not an acceptable rule."

The feisty off-spinner said he would want to be remembered like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev after he retires.

"I want to be remembered like them as people remember those players who contribute or serve long years for the country," he said.

Asked to compare the captains under whom he had played, Harbhajan took the easy way out and said all of them are marvellous leaders in their own right.

"I have played under Sourav, Kumble and Dhoni as well.

Three of them are marvellous captains. After the match fixing issue Sourav was the captain and he started boosting players to achieve the highest. Sourav is a good friend of mine and he was a great captain," he told a TV channel.

"Dhoni is going on the same path. He always talks to the players and he is very down to earth. I wish he serves as captain for long years. And for Kumble, he was a veteran amongst us. As a captain he was wonderful because he was very enthusiastic and had fighting spirit," Harbhajan said.

He said he was never under any pressure to perform after Kumble retires.

"In never felt any pressure when Kumble retired. I learnt a lot from him. He was a legend and he won many matches for India. I wish I could have a big heart like him but I am too young to become like 'Jumbo'."

According to Harbhajan, no one knows Tendulkar as he does.

"Tendulkar is a very funny guy who used to mix up with young players as well so they feel comfortable. He has achieved all the milestones by his hard work. And I pray that he serves the country for many years. He is a great friend of mine," he said.

Regarding marriage, Harbhajan said the girl should be very simple and take care of his family.

"I never have fascinating dreams about girls. I wish to have a simple girl as my other half."