New Delhi:It seems an end to the whole racism row down-under is in sight after-all. After reports that the two captains Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting are going to meet on the side-lines, there is confirmation now that the two will be meeting on the January 14, with ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle acting as peace-maker. The Brad Hogg hearing is also scheduled for the same day.
The two skippers will be meeting to try and thrash out the differences between the two teams before the 3rd Test starts in Perth from the January 16.
The Indian team and the BCCI won the first round, when Steve Bucknor was removed from the Perth Test, as requested by the BCCI and Harbhajan Singh was allowed to play in Perth, pending the hearing of his appeal.
The cold-war though is far from over. Anil Kumble in an explosive article on Friday said that he would be re-thinking his agreement with Ponting over taking the fielder's word for contentious decisions, which reportedly all senior members of the team are goading Kumble to do.
BCCI President Sharad Pawar has also said that the Board has the best lawyers working on the Harbhajan case and that he has been entrusted the power to call off the tour, if the racism charge against Harbhajan is not dropped completely. Madugalle though has said he is confident both captains will see reason.