India suspends tour….
….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 ?