Madugalle looks to restore ties between India and Australia

Colombo, Jan 10 (UNI) The ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle is confident that he will succeed in restoring good on-field relations between Australia and India.

After a controversial end of the second Test between India and Australia at SCG, ICC appointed Madugalle as a mediator to improve relations between the two sides.

He said the captains from both the sides, Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble, will look to sort out their differences.

He was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald, ''Each one realises cricket is everyone's passion and they will stretch that little bit extra to uphold the spirit of the game.'' Madugalle, is scheduled to arrive in Perth on Saturday and will meet officials from Cricket Australia to set a date and time for a meeting with Kumble and Ponting. ''It is important we work through this, and I am sure they understand that.'' Although, he has a tough task hand but the Sri Lankan is hopeful that things will improve with time.

The relationship between the two teams spoiled after the Sydney Test, with Harbhajan Singh being banned for three Tests by Mike Procter for alleged racial abuse.

Following the ban, the Indian board filed an appeal, and the team management charged Brad Hogg with making an abusive remark to Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

''I have an open briefing to get things back on track.

''I will try and go about things quietly and do as much as I can without making too much noise about it. We'll see at the end of the five days if it has worked. But I am optimistic that everyone wants to do the right thing by the game,'' said Madugalle.


Story first published: Thursday, January 10, 2008, 23:03 [IST]
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