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BCCI to review tour continuously

IN THE LIMELIGHT: BCCI Treasurer N. Srinivasan and Vice-President Rajiv Shukla arriving for a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Working Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India stated on Tuesday that it would review the tour of Australia “continuously” and termed the charge against Harbhajan as “obnoxious and baseless accusation”.

On a day when almost everything seemed to have panned out to its strategy and desire with the ICC removing umpire Steve Bucknor from the Perth Test, the Board maintained its tough stance on the racial abuse charge against the Indian off-spinner.

After the meeting, the Board Treasurer, N. Srinivasan, read out a prepared statement to say that the decision against Harbhajan was unacceptable and that the tour by the Indian team would continue “for the present”.

Ban unjustified

The statement said that the ban was unjustified and illegal. “BCCI is of the categorical view that the matter will have to be resolved and the unfair allegation against an Indian player be set aside,” the statement said.

The BCCI would review the tour and all other developments continuously and it would request the ICC Appeals Commissioner to expeditiously dispose of India’s appeal against the charge and the ban.

“ICC has clarified to the Board that Harbhajan Singh could play till the final disposal of the appeal. This is only an interim arrangement. BCCI is of the categorical view that the matter will have to be finally resolved and the unfair allegation against an Indian player be set aside/withdrawn”, said the statement.

Pawar authorised

The committee authorised President Sharad Pawar and other office-bearers to take all appropriate decisions and exercise all available options in dealing with the situation emerging during the course of the hearing.

Though the Board Vice-President and spokesman Rajiv Shukla was also present along with Mr. Srinivasan, they declined to field questions from the media that had waited for two hours.