New Delhi:There is a new twist to the Bhajji-Sree saga. The controversial TV footage has come up with new and even more damning revelations of Harbhajan having a second run-in with Sreesanth. This could spell even more trouble for Harbhajan.
According to sources, the footage of what happened after that Mohali match shows Harbhajan giving Sreesanth a backhand slap across his face and then moved on shaking hands with other players.
The sources said the footage shows Bhajji coming back, bumping against Sreesanth and abusing him. He did this while Sreesanth was being consoled by his team-mates. The footage then shows both the players almost coming to blows. Sreesanth lunged at Harbhajan but his team-mates held him back.
Harbhajan also lunged forward abusing Sreesanth all the time. All players then mill around them and it almost created a brawl-like situation. A security guard stepped in and literally carried Harbhajan away.
On Wednesday, the BCCI-appointed Commissioner Sudhir Nanavati told NDTV that he was shocked after what he saw in the TV footages.
"I want to find out only for the purpose that whether it was a reaction as far as Harbhajan is concerned of giving the slap to Sreesanth or not. But so far the documents which I have received don't indicate to that extent," Nanavati said.
Sources have told NDTV that he could be banned for a maximum of 10 international matches and fined 10 to 20 per cent of his annual retainership with the BCCI. Harbhajan is living on a prayer. His state is evident from the letter he sent to the Board after being slapped by the show-cause notice.
NDTV has exclusive access to that letter in which Bhajji wrote: "I did apologise to Sreesanth after the incident and I would do so again in public if needed. Along with accepting my most sincere and heartfelt apologies over this incident, I would like to appeal to the board's sense of fair play and ask for one final chance before taking any disciplinary action against me over this incident."
Harbhajan's plea though might fall on deaf ears, since there is little doubt that the BCCI will make sure another Slapgate never happens.