India file complaint against foul-mouthed Punter~~s boys

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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sledge and get away: Andrew Symonds provoked Ishant and lanky seamer shot back only to invite a fineSydney: The Team India on Monday filed a written complaint with Match Referee Jeff Crowe about the 'provocative' behaviour of Ricky Ponting's men, and threatened to take "befitting action" if it was repeated in future.

Young fast bowler Ishant Sharma was docked 15 per cent of his match fee on Monday morning for finger-pointing a departing and abrasive Andrew Symonds from the middle in Sunday's tri-series game.

It led the Indians to draft a strongly-worded letter to Crowe in which they have mentioned specific incidents of 'provocation' by the Australians.

"We accept the match referee's decision for Ishant to have transgressed the Level 1.6 ICC Code of Conduct," Indian team manager Vimal Soni said, adding "we also wanted him to have a look at the provocation which Australians have been repeatedly providing in the series."

"Much has happened in recent past and we didn't want to open up old wounds by making a complaint against the Australians. But we have mentioned specific incidents in the letter to match referee," Soni said.

The specific incidents, it is learnt, concerned the repeated jabbering which Ponting reportedly kept directing at Harbhajan Singh in Sunday's game as well as left-handed opener Matthew Hayden being accused of constantly calling Harbhajan a 'mad boy'.

The Indian team's tour of Australia has been marked by a racism row and a series of on-field altercations.


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