Harbhajan, Munaf's behaviour not 'ideal': Pollock

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Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 10:47 [IST]
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Munaf's behaviour not 'ideal': Pollock

Mumbai, Apr 11: Mumbai Indians' bowling coach Shaun Pollock has said the behaviour of team's captain Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel against Deccan Chargers “doesn't seem to be ideal.” However, he added that he did not see the incident.

Harbhajan and Munaf were involved in an argument the on-field umpires Anil Chowdhary of India and South Africa's Johan Cloete after Deccan's skipper Kumar Sangakkara was initially given not out though he was clearly bowled by Munaf.

The heated argument with the umpires landed both Harbhajan and Munaf in trouble.

Munaf was fined 25% of his match fee while Harbhajan was given an official warning and reprimanded.

"Actually I did not see what went on because I had run inside to see the replay whether he (Chargers' captain Kumar Sangakkara) was out or not. But obviously their behaviour wasn't ideal because they got hauled in before the match referee, fined a match fee and given a reprimand," said Pollock.

He continued: "(But) it's very frustrating when you bowl someone and the umpires are not giving you that wicket. I think the confusion may have happened because the square leg umpire might have seen the ball ricochet off the keeper and hadn't actually seen the angle of how it came off the bat."

"I think they both consulted and when they both weren't sure it would have made things a bit easier if they had gone upstairs (to the TV umpire).

"I think you can understand how players… wanting the wicket of Sangakkara, it was a big wicket. But like I said, I did not exactly see their behaviour, but obviously it wasn't ideal," he added.


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