BCCI trying to resolve my issue for good: Bhajji

Published: Friday, April 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Jalandhar:Star spinner Harbhajan Singh, whose bowling action came under the scanner for the second time in four months during the recent Indo-Pak Test series, said he had full faith that the Cricket Board would take up the issue with ICC to resolve it once and for all.

"BCCI has already written a letter to the ICC raising objection on my undergoing one more test to clear myself from the allegations, as a similar kind of test has already been conducted on me in Australia," Harbhajan told PTI today.

The off-spinner was reported for a suspect bowling action for his 'doosra', a delivery that spins away from a right-handed batsman, after the second Test between India and Pakistan at Kolkata.

He was earlier reported in the second Test against Bangladesh in December but was cleared by the ICC after tests in Australia.

Regarding the six-ODI ban on skipper Sourav Ganguly for India's slow over rate against Pakistan in the Ahmedabad tie, Harbhajan said it was an "injustice" to him since the captain was not alone responsible for it.

Asked whether the low performance of Ganguly was due to the criticism on his batting, he replied in the negative.

"A player never comes under pressure due to anybody's comments. On TV channels, people are paid to say something and they have to say to increase the viewership. Of-course Sourav was under pressure but not due to any criticism, but because of his own performance in some of the recent matches in which he could not score too many runs ," Harbhajan said, adding as far as the views of cricket fans were concerned, it kept changing from time to time.

Harbhajan conceded that India did not play well in the one-day series against Pakistan which the visitors won 4-2.

"We did not play well, so we were defeated. It is always easy to put out one or another reason to save face but the plain fact is that we did not play to our potential," he said.

He said the performance of the Pakistanis in the first 15 overs in the one-dayers made the difference in the series.

"Pakistan batsmen played very well in the first 15 over and took maximum advantage of the restricted field whereas our batsmen failed to do that."

Despite the loss to Pakistan, Harbhajan backed the team to do well in the coming season.

"As far as the team is concerned, it is the best team which had already proved its mettle in the last few years," he said.

"After tasting defeat in the one-day series, we will work hard and win back the confidence well before the Sri Lanka tour in coming July."

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