BCCI appeals against Bhajji's ban

The BCCI has decided to take on the ICC over the racism verdict against Harbhajan Singh.

updated: January 09, 2008 15:10 IST
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Sydney/New Delhi:

The BCCI has decided to take on the ICC over the racism verdict against Harbhajan Singh.

The furious top brass of the BCCI is meeting in Delhi on Tuesday, to discuss how to fight back against the ban on Harbhajan Singh and the bad umpiring in the second India-Australia Test at Sydney.

The Indian board wants the racism allegations to be taken back.

The BCCI has asked the team not to proceed to Canberra, where the next tour game is scheduled on January 10, 2008.

According to the BCCI, the ICC has no real proof or evidence of these charges and the match referee found Harbhajan Singh guilty purely based on the Aussie players' version of the exchange between Symonds and Harbhajan.

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The Indian board seems to be particularly upset that Sachin Tendulkar's testimony didn't count during the hearing.

''We are quite perturbed and hurt with the charge levelled against him, based only on an evidence of Australian players. And we are going to challenge the decision," Chief Administrative Manager Ratnakar Shetty said.

The Indian camp has been denying the racism charges, the Indian media and some sections of the Aussie media see this as part of the Aussie gameplan to bring down the Indians.

The BCCI has taken the racism slur, as an issue of national pride, as part of their press release the board says it is committed to the Indian Governments policy to fight racism and their aim is to eradicate it from the sport.

''Let's not restrict it to a trivial issue of losing a match, or some wrong umpiring decisions, it is now a matter of national pride.'' former India player Navjot Singh Sidhu said.

The Indians lodged a formal complaint against Brad Hogg during the disciplinary hearing into Harbhajan Singh's alleged racial abuse directed at Andrew Symonds.

They have also lodged a formal complaint against Steve Bucknor though the ICC says for now the West Indian will stand in the Third Test in Perth.