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.
Labels: harbhajan, ind v aus 2008, racism, sydney 2008, symonds