CA demands action against Harbhajan

Published: Sunday, March 9, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Harbhajan SinghNew Delhi: Cricket Australia has demanded action against Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh for allegedly calling Matthew Hayden "a liar" and Adam Gilchrist "no saint".

Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland wrote a letter to BCCI sectetary Niranjan Shah and urged the board to take nescessary actions to stop Harbhajan from making public comments about Australian cricketers.

Sutherland did not mince words while showing CA's displeasure over Harbhajan's comments. "Enough is enough. Despite assurances that you have instructed him not to fuel this issue any more, Harbhajan continues to say whatever he wants. When will it ever end?, the Sun-Herald quoted Sutherland as saying.

"Could you please deal with your player in regard to these comments. We've certainly, through our actions with Matthew Hayden, been firm with our own players in terms of where the tipping point is. We believe it is possible to make intelligent, thoughtful and even provocative public comment without descending to personal abuse."

Albeit Sydney Morning Herald quotted Harbhajan as calling Hayden "a liar" and Adam Gilchrist "no saint", the temperamental offie had denied these reports immediately.

"Don't talk about Hayden's credibility, he is a big liar. Gilchrist is also not a saint. He, of course, pretends to be a saint - someone who doesn't say an offensive word on the field. But this is completely wrong. There are times when he doesn't let an opportunity go to waste. The whole world knows how the Australians target individual players to break their confidence", the daily had quoted Harbhajan as saying.


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