Saturday, January 12, 2008

Racial Charges dropped against Harbhajan Singh (Bhajji)

ICC appointed Judge John Hansen has dropped the racism charges against Harbhajan Singh or Bhajji as everyone loves to call him. He did not say Big Monkey to Andrew Symonds. And that was the allegation made by Andrew Symonds against Harbhajan Singh during the Sydney test.

the Appeals Commissioner, Justice Hansen from New Zealand, has heard the stump microphone recording.

Ricky Ponting left the hearing after deposing, and in what could a sign of a thaw in the relationship is that Sachin was escorted to the hearing by Cricket Australia chairman Creagh O' Connor.

The hearing began at Adelaide this morning at around 6 am IST.

It is a two day hearing conducted by an ICC-appointed Appeals Commissioner, Justice John Hansen from New Zealand.

Mathew Hayden and Michael Clarke, who were within ear shot distance and party to some of the arguments will also be there, along with the two on field umpires Mark Benson and Steve Bucknor.

A notable absentee will be ICC match referee Mike Procter.

He is not supposed to attend because he delivered the previous judgement.

However, Harbhajan will still have to part with 50% of his match fees from the Sydney Test as he has been charged under a Level 2 offence instead of the earlier Level 3.3 offence. Level 2 under the ICC code is related to the use of offensive language on the field.

This ruling has also saved the Commonwealth Series as the Indian team is now likely to go ahead and take part in the ODI tri-series that includes Australia and Sri Lanka. Link

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