Aussies may be paid back in kind: Shah

BCCI secy says targetting Harbhajan Singh unnecessarily might result in Indian crowds abusing Australian players.

updated: March 04, 2008 11:38 IST
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BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah on Monday warned the "unnecessary" targeting of Harbhajan Singh by Australian spectators and media could result in a similar treatment for the world champions when they tour India later this year.

Harbhajan was cleared of any wrongdoing by match referee after local media reported that the off-spinner had 'aped' like a monkey towards the Sydney crowd during the first tri-series finals and the BCCI seems to have lost its patience after the latest controversy.

"Let Australia come to us and see what the (Indian) crowd might do," Shah said.

"It's not a good thing, people must forget. All these reports are unnecessary, when your team comes here, if it's too much media attention maybe there will be the same crowd behaviour in India," he was quoted as saying by The Age.

Shah also said the board officials will tell Harbhajan not to react to provocations from spectators or rival players in future when he returns home from the tour.

"Any indiscipline, we do not tolerate. We always say don't react. (Harbhajan) has to learn from senior players like Sachin Tendulkar."