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    January 07, 2008

    Time for the BCCI to ban Harbhajan?

    Assuming that Mike Procter was right (and he has got it wrong earlier, miserably fluffing his lines at The Oval in 2006), in announcing a three-test ban on Harbhajan for calling Symonds a 'monkey' during the Sydney test, I think it is now the right time to read the riot act out to Harbhajan.

    Even if he uttered the word as a response to provocation, it is unacceptable. There was an enormous amount of coverage in the Indian and Australian media about the behaviour of Indian spectators, in the form of racist chants & gestures, during Australia's seven one-dayers in India late last year.

    Harbhajan's act is indefensible. He has to cop the punishment from the ICC, just as Darren Lehmann (5 ODIs) & Herschelle Gibbs (2 tests) did. In addition, the BCCI ought to advise the selectors that he should not picked for the next 5 tests and 10 one-day internationals.

    There has to be a strong deterrent on this issue, otherwise players will continue to act like juveniles.

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    7 sledge(s):

    there is no evidence that bhajji has uttered that word, its one man's word against another... hold on i think pointing racially discriminated me .. called me a ****g ***r.
    i do have 2 witness who would collaborate on this they were near me when this occurred. Unlike those 1 my guys haven't claimed catch that they didn't hold on. The are men of integrity of course you question their integrity.
    but they are indians hence ICC might consider them dishonest and racist unlike the aussie angles who are very well behaved on the field and don't utter racist remarks.
    oh well like any other maybe i should cope it up and move on ...

    By Blogger criclv (07-Jan-2008, 10:45:00 AM)  


    What nonsense!

    "Monkey" is by no means an offensive word. It's biologically accurate. Unless you don't believe in evolution and natural selection and all that.

    In fact, in India, "Monkey" is a term of endearment.

    By Blogger Nitin Pai (07-Jan-2008, 3:18:00 PM)  

    New rules to be adopted By ICC....

    (1) Ricky Ponting – (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team understands the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE.

    (2) While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE . This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.

    (3) While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this can be higher.

    (4) UMPIRESshould consider a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge bonus and will receive the backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board.

    (5) All AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep commenting about all players on the field and the OPPONENT TEAM should never comment as they will be spoiling the spirit of the AUSTRALIAN team. Any comments made in any other language are to be considered as RACIALISM only.

    (6) MATCH REFREEdecisions will be taken purely on the AUSTRALIAN TEAM advices only. Player views from the other teams decisions will not be considered for hearing. MATCH REFREES are to be given huge bonus if this rule is implemented.

    (7) NO VISITING TEAMshould plan to win in AUSTRALIA. This is to ensure that the sportive spirit of CRICKET is maintained.

    (8) THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: If any bowler gets RICKY PONTING - "THE UNDISPUTED CRICKETER WITH INTEGTIRY IN THE GAME OF CRICKET" more than twice in a series, he will be banned for the REST OF THE SERIES. This is to ensure that the best batsman/Captain will be played to break records and create history in the game of CRICKET.

    These rules will clarify better to all the teams VISITING AUSTRALIA.

    By Blogger Robin (07-Jan-2008, 4:59:00 PM)  

    So what ICC is more worried about the series and money invovled....and not about pride of 1 billion+ Indians. This decision was expected as it is more favourable to them and Aussie cricket.
    Leaving Series in the midway would have resulted in giving tight slap to these aussie players(read: gundas) of cricket. I feel BCCI should bully ICC because now we are in much better position than we were some years back, why all the time we keep tolerating. Let ICC keep this in mind that Indians contribute 70% to the world revenue of cricket. What about the result of 2nd test, shouldn't it be scrapped as the world knows that aussies were playing with 13..! players...
    Aussies did same with murlitharan..why they cannot digest getting in to the losing side. This is right time to teach them a lesson or two otherwise they will never change their attitude towards asians especially Indians. JAI HIND

    By Blogger lalitkumar (08-Jan-2008, 2:23:00 PM)  

    I too disagree with you... partly because "monkey" as racist is actually a cultural (western) imposition... even steve waugh suggests this. I've written briefly about it, here...

    By Anonymous Anonymous (09-Jan-2008, 2:47:00 AM)  

    I was interested to read Mihir Bose's column on the BBC website:

    My Hindi isn't great but can someone tell me, what insult sounds like 'big monkey'?

    IF this is true then Brett Lee who was supposed to be learning Hindi should at least have recognised that Harbhajan was speaking another language.

    By Blogger Libero (11-Jan-2008, 11:31:00 PM)  

    The one thing I don't understand about this episode is why Brett Lee has been so silent. Apparently Harbhajan patted/tapped/hit him while taking a run and Symonds jumped up to help out his mate. If Lee was really offended by what Harbhajan did, then right now there's no evidence to suggest that he considered Harbhajan's act to be unwarranted.

    If anything, this makes what Symonds said to Harbhajan a provocative act.

    I still maintain though that 'monkey' is a racist comment keeping in mind the context. Calling someone of African descent a monkey is, to me, a sure indicator that you believe him to be a sub-human species.

    By Blogger Jagadish (25-Jan-2008, 3:31:00 PM)  

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