BCCI may pull out from ODIs

The Working Committee of BCCI met on Tuesday to deliberate over issues that have unfortunately cropped up during the ongoing Indian tour to Australia.

updated: January 10, 2008 14:15 IST
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The Working Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met on Tuesday to deliberate over issues that have unfortunately cropped up during the ongoing Indian tour to Australia.

The Working Committee fully and unequivocally endorsed the stand taken by the President Sharad Pawar and concerned officials with respect to the quality of umpiring and totally uncalled for, unjustified and patently illegal ban imposed on Harbhajan Singh by the match referee.

And the Indian team, who are currently in Sydney will be leaving for Canberra on Wednesday morning for a three-day warm-up match.

Meanwhile, sources told NDTV that if the ban on Harbhajan Singh is not lifted by the end of the Test series, BCCI may reconsider one-day series in Australia.

Top BCCI sources said such an option was being considered by the Board in view of the strong feeling that Harbhajan is innocent and has been punished for no reason without any evidence on the charge of racially abusing Andrew Symonds in the second Test in Sydney.

"It is definitely an option if Harbhajan is not cleared of the charge", the source told to NDTV.

The one-day series also features Sri Lanka.

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The Committee also reiterated that the ban imposed on Harbhajan Singh is totally unacceptable. It further authorised the President to take all possible steps at his command and deploy all human and material resources available, to get the player cleared of the obnoxious and baseless accusation.

The President and office bearers were further authorised to take all appropriate decisions and exercise all available options in dealing with the situation emerging during the course of the hearing.

The Working Committee of the BCCI took note of all relevant circumstances and developments and decided that Indian team tour to Australia should continue "for the present".

The BCCI will review the tour and all other developments continuously. The board will request the ICC Appeals Commissioner, appointed to hear Harbhajan Singh's appeal to expeditiously dispose of the appeal in terms of Regulation H-11 (e) of the ICC Code of Conduct for players and team officials.

ICC has clarified to the Board that Harbhajan Singh could play till final disposal of the appeal but this is only an interim arrangement.