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….till the decision is taken on Harbhajan’s appeal.

……BCCI said the tour would be suspended until his appeal had been heard.”The Board will appeal to the International Cricket Council to review the decision of the Match Referee and suspend its operation till the appeal is disposed of,” the BCCI said in a statement released today.

“The Indian Board realises the game of cricket is paramount but so too is the honour of the Indian team and for that matter every Indian.

“To vindicate its position, the Board will fight the blatantly false and unfair slur on an Indian player.”

I sympathize with the last sentiment. A charge of racism is a strong one and as I mentioned before, it doesn’t make any sense how the hearing was conducted. However, I am not sure I agree with the decision to ‘suspend’ the series. Either BCCI should have protested right away or accepted the decision and protested in some other manner. Right now it sounds like whining and holding ICC and CA to ransom. What happens if in the appeal is turned down. Do we come back ?

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

January 7, 2008 at 4:26 am

Posted in Australia, Cricket, India

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  1. What’s wrong with holding ICC and CA to ransom?

    Vivek

    January 7, 2008 at 6:07 am

  2. Actually, I think that the BCCI is being forced to do this by the Indian cricket team. The BCCI can only think about money and they want good relations with Cricket Australia for IPL to be a big success. The Indian team had a two hour meeting between the players alone (no support staff allowed). They have held the BCCI ransom to do something about this situation. BCCI is reacting to the players’ anger and not taking the initiative in this IMHO. All I have to say is that the Aussies deserve it. Roebuck has in fact written in an article that he is surprised the Indians have not cancelled the tour already.

    Born a Libran

    January 7, 2008 at 11:29 am

  3. @VivekBaL: Its a personal opinion. Three years ago I would have completely supported this. But since then I have realized that subtler forms of protest have more effect. You may not realize it, but there is a significant Aussie population, the kind who actually appreciate cricket, who are in complete sympathy with India. Some of them even support India’s position on suspending the tour (like Peter Roebuck) . But I am not sure. Other suggested forms of protest: as someone at Prem’s blog mentioned, play the Perth test but dont appeal for anything, especially with Bucknor on. Or just field a second XI – give the others a bit of a chance – since the Aussies are so desperate for a record – lets just give it to them :)

    bongopondit

    January 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm

  4. @vivek: sorry, just got to your blog and reading those posts (was having too much fun at rec.sports.cricket newsgroup), did not know you had a lot to say about this already. will comment there.

    BongoP'o'ndit

    January 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm

  5. Heh.. we seem to have reversed our opposite positions over the years :)

    A couple of years ago, I would probably have supported the kind of protest that Prem is suggesting. But now I doubt whether it would have any effect on the Australian cricketers. In all likelihood, they’ll just take it in their stride, win at Perth, and gloat over a now-meaningless new world record. In my books, such protests are – at best – Plan B options.

    As you said, it is a matter of opinion. So we can let it rest here.

    What I am really dreading are the prospects of a backroom deal. That is just unacceptable.

    Vivek

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm

  6. Vivek – I agree, backroom deals are the most unacceptable solution now. It would really sour everything up. And it will not help the relations between players or anything. But something tells me thats what is going to happen. Too much moollah involved for both both boards.

    If the Aussies wish to gloat over meaningless records, let them. They can peddle more of those stupid memorabilia next season.

    I will also not mind if BCCI suspends the future Aussie tour in India. Or refuse to play in any bilateral/triangular series with the Aussies (although that means my tickets for the two ODIs at Gabba are now worthless :( )

    BongoP'o'ndit

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm

  7. I have been watching some clips on YouTube.. and the outrage I feel is beyond words. It is one thing to read about the umpiring errors.. and entirely another to watch them one after the other.. not stopping at any stage at all.

    Plus.. what excuses does the third umpire have for his mistakes? What doubts could he possibly have? I mean.. WTF!

    If the BCCI does end up making backroom deals.. at least your tickets would be saved.. though I wonder, shouldn’t Cricket Australia refund you?

    Vivek

    January 7, 2008 at 9:10 pm

  8. Vivek: Feel your outrage – I was watching all this live.

    I was just joking about the ODI tickets – firstly, I doubt the ODI series will get canceled – just too much money involved and two, CA has slightly better ethics than BCCI, so I beleive they will do the right thing by refunding the money if the ODI gets canceled too.

    Btw, from Prem’s latest post, seems like backroom deals are the way things are going. Did you read that it was an SMS from Sachin to Powar that got the ball rolling ?

    BongoP'o'ndit

    January 7, 2008 at 9:14 pm

  9. stopped by to say thanks for carrying on the fight at rsc. you must have clocked a few dozen posts today!

    tabula rasa

    January 7, 2008 at 10:35 pm

  10. @tabula rasa: Thanks! I also found a few posts by someone writing as ‘bongopondit’ but with a different email address. not sure if I should be flattered :P

    BongoP'o'ndit

    January 7, 2008 at 10:44 pm

  11. Yup.. I read Prem’s latest post (it was last night though, the site seems to have crashed now).. and I also read about Sachin’s SMS (saying that we shouldn’t play if Harbhajan is not totally cleared of the charges).

    Which thread on rsc would this be?

    Vivek

    January 7, 2008 at 10:48 pm

  12. @vivek: try most of them….i carried on a few arguments last evening. lost track of which ones. felt like old times….

    BongoP'o'ndit

    January 7, 2008 at 10:50 pm

  13. Okay.. going through them now.. pretty fierce discussions :)

    Vivek

    January 7, 2008 at 11:10 pm

  14. Vivek: Aren’t you supposed to be making better use of tax-payer’s money :)

    BongoP'o'ndit

    January 7, 2008 at 11:20 pm

  15. Damn it man.. can’t a man check some news items during lunch time? :D

    As a diplomat, I am supposed to keep myself updated on all such things..

    What if the media comes barging into my office to ask for my views on the issue? Vladivostok has significant Aussie population in the expat crowed.

    Vivek

    January 7, 2008 at 11:26 pm

  16. Vivek: Ah yes of course, if you define it as work, its work.

    In fact all my efforts are also directed at making sure I have something ready if the campus newspaper happens to ask my opinion. :)

    BongoP'o'ndit

    January 7, 2008 at 11:40 pm

  17. Keep up the good work then :)

    Vivek

    January 7, 2008 at 11:50 pm


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