Team India arrives in Canberra; face ACT XI ~~morrow

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Sydney: India's cricketers arrived in Canberra today saying the racism controversy of the Sydney Test was now behind them.

The side, which at one stage had threatened to boycott the rest of the series, is to play a three-day tour match against an ACT XI starting tomorrow.

A quiet Harbhajan Singh refused to speak to reporters as he and his teammates stepped off a bus from Sydney.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the spinner ignored questions about whether he expected to play in Perth for the Third Test.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said the Australian tour will continue on the condition that Singh is eventually be cleared of a charge of racial abuse in Sydney. It has also demanded that a three-match ban issued against Harbhajan by the International Cricket Council (ICC) be dropped.

India's manager Chetan Chauhan said the team wanted to move on from the controversy.

"We have left that behind. The good thing is the positive developments that have taken place thanks to the efforts of BCCI," he said.

"We are here to play to cricket. We will play cricket. We have played good cricket in Sydney and we hope to continue playing good cricket," he said.


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