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BCCI to oppose 'fishy' evidence in Harbhajan case hearing

Mumbai, Jan 28 (UNI) Harbhajan Singh's counsel V R Manohar today said they (Indian camp) have made it clear that they would oppose any 'fishy' evidence that might be used against the off-spinner to scuttle his defence during the two-day hearing.

ICC-appointed commissioner John Hansen, while laying down the procedure for the hearing, said ''additional evidence'' like transcript available from the stump microphone, could be admissible in the two-day hearing, scheduled to begin tomorrow in Adelaide.

The Indians, however, are against the idea.

''Anything which is legal and for the purpose of doing justice, we ourselves will co-operate. But if something fishy is done in the guise of doing justice, we will object,'' Manohar said.

He was also confident that the present evidence was enough to save the troubled off-spinner.

''I am very optimistic about Harbhajan Singh's innocence.

Whatever material is there at present, is innocuous and is in favour of Harbhajan Singh,'' Manohar said.

Harbhajan was slapped with a three-match ban by Match Referee Mike Procter after the Sydney Test for allegedly abusing racially Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, whose point was supported by three members of his team.


Story first published: Monday, January 28, 2008, 21:04 [IST]
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