Sydney row: Rival skippers agree to truce

Published: Monday, January 14, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Sydney: Team India captain Anil Kumble and his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting have agreed to move the game forward and would like to forget the row, International Cricket Council (ICC) mediator Ranjan Madugalle has said.

Ponting, Kumble and Madugalle met for about an hour at Perth hotel. After the meeting, both captains have vowed that both sides would raise their on-field behaviour standards in the third Test at Perth.

“Both captains have agreed that it's their responsibility to move the game forward and the events of the last week are something that they'd like to forget," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Madugalle, as saying.

Madugalle further said that as leaders Kumble and Ponting need to ensure that their team plays the game in its right spirit and “importantly, with respect for one another."

“Hopefully over the next five days (they) ensure cricket is the winner through the skills of their collective performances as opposed to anything else," he added.

Madugalle also said that now, there were no issues left outstanding from the Sydney Test. Kumble had questioned Australia's sportsmanship at Sydney, racial abuse cases, several contentious catches and complaints over poor umpiring during the Sydney Test.

Kumble and Ponting are legends in the game and because of this they have great respect for each another, “so that's the underlying thing and it's in that spirit that the whole thing was conducted," Madugalle said after the meeting.

Kumble said the teams wanted to put the feud behind them.

"It's time to move on and whatever has happened, it's just one of those incidents," he said. "Ricky and I had a fantastic meeting...and we're really happy to be playing cricket again."

Kumble's Aussie counterpart Ponting said: "We're really happy with the outcome."  "We've decided from here on in this (four-match) series will be played in great spirit."

"The first Test certainly was and it's our responsibility to make sure we uphold that and we're looking forward to the next couple of Test matches being very good and very enjoyable for the spectators," Punter added.

Meanwhile, the Team India has decided to drop charges against Australian spinner Brad Hogg.

Welcoming this gesture, Hogg thanked the Indians for keeping the spirit of the game paramount.


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