BCCI, Indian players want to get on with the game now

Mumbai, Jan 31 (UNI) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian team members want to forget the ICC Appeals hearing on Harbhajan Singh's case and get on with the game.

Indian Cricket Board Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said here today that BCCI will not rake up any more issues in the aftermath of the judgement given by ICC Appeals Commissioner John Hansen on Harbhajan Singh's case and wants the players to carry on with the game.

''The BCCI, as well as the Indian players, just want to get on with the game now. Every individual will have his own view on the judgement given, but we do not want any more discussion on the report and that's the view of our players too,'' the BCCI CAO said.

''We are happy with the judgement. Enough has been said and done (on the issue),'' he added.

Mr Shetty was reacting to Australian captain Ricky Ponting's sharp criticism today about the lifting of three-Test ban on Harbhajan Singh in the racial abuse case, saying it was the last thing he wanted.

Harbhajan was given the ban by match referee Mike Procter on January 6 on Andrew Symonds' complaint that the Indian player called him ''monkey'' but, Justice John Hansen of New Zealand over-turned the decision, citing lack of evidence.

''It's just that Andrew feels a little bit disappointed by the whole system really over the last few weeks. But I have been also at the fore front of the whole thing for last one month. This was the last thing either of us want,'' Ponting said in his first public reaction after the development.


Story first published: Thursday, January 31, 2008, 18:42 [IST]
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