Harbhajan apologises, let off with a warning

Published: Friday, September 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:After apparently apologising for his attack on Indian coach Greg Chappell, Harbhajan Singh was today let off by the Punjab Cricket Association with a warning.

The PCA had summoned the off-spinner for a hearing over the latter's comments that Chappell's strict regime had instilled fears and insecurity among members of the Indianteam and that the Australian was using a divide and rule policy.

PCA president I S Bindra, after the hearing by the Administrative Committee here this afternoon, said that the bowler was told that his action was "not in consonance withthe code of the BCCI and the state association."

The spinner was given the reprieve apparently after he tendered an apology to the Committee.

Harbhajan told the Committee "that in hindsight he has realized he should have avoided airing his views the way he did in public," Bindra said.

A statement released by the PCA said, "Harbhajan appeared before the Administrative Committee of the PCA to explain what he actually meant to say in his statement (on) Sourav Gangully's captaincy and on coach Greg Chappell's working."

The Administrative Committee has "decided to treat the matter as closed after Harbhajan has assured the PCA that he would never again do anything that would hurt him, the stateassociation, the Board and Indian Cricket," the PCA statement added.

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