Australia v India 2007-08 / News

BCCI president says tour not at risk

'No question of a pull-out' - Pawar

Cricinfo staff

January 12, 2008

Text size: A | A



Sharad Pawar says Sachin Tendulkar's version of events in Sydney indicated there were no racial comments from Harbhajan Singh © Getty Images
Enlarge
 

There is no possibility India will pull out of their tour of Australia even if Harbhajan Singh's three-Test suspension is not lifted, according to the BCCI president Sharad Pawar. The board has given Pawar the sole authority to cancel the rest of the trip and earlier comments attributed to Pawar indicated he may use that power if he was not satisfied with the result of Harbhajan's appeal.

But Pawar now says the tour is not at risk. "There's no question of a pull-out," Pawar told the Hindustan Times. "The series will not be affected. We are focussed on fighting Harbhajan's case, but it all should be within the game.

"We have decided to give full support to Harbhajan, and we will provide all the legal help to fight it out. If that means we have to seek legal assistance from abroad, we will do that."

Pawar also confirmed that he had asked Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan's batting partner at the time of the incident with Andrew Symonds in the Sydney Test, to explain exactly what had happened between the pair. "Sachin reported there was tension and provocation, but there was no question of racist comment," Pawar said. "If Sachin or Sourav [Ganguly] or Rahul [Dravid] or Anil [Kumble] say anything, I believe it 100% and accept it."

Pawar's comments came as Australia's Daily Telegraph reported that India were now expected to argue that Harbhajan had not called Symonds a monkey, as was originally alleged, but instead used a similar-sounding Punjabi term that would be regarded as offensive but not racist. There are also questions over Brad Hogg's alleged use of the word "bastard" as his code-of-conduct case draws nearer.

The Age has reported that both teams submitted a list of racially offensive words prior to the series and "bastard" did not rate a mention. The list was intended to inform ground managers what terms should be prohibited in crowds. However, the paper said that "monkey" was on the list.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
ESPNcricinfo staffClose
Related Links
Tour Results
Australia v India at Brisbane - Mar 4, 2008
India won by 9 runs
Australia v India at Sydney - Mar 2, 2008
India won by 6 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Hobart - Feb 26, 2008
India won by 7 wickets (with 106 balls remaining)
Australia v India at Sydney - Feb 24, 2008
Australia won by 18 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Adelaide - Feb 19, 2008
India won by 2 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
More results »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days