Monday, January 14, 2008

Australia vs India 3rd Test: Racism the main obstacle in Perth Test?

There is only two days are left to start the Australia vs India 3rd Test at WACA Ground, Perth. But some incidents in Sydney cricket ground that are related to racism is still a matter of dispute for both teams.

One of the most talked matters is that Harbhajan Singh’s three-match suspension for allegedly making racial abuse against Australia’s Andrew Symonds that prompted India to threaten to cancel the tour.

Harbhajan Singh was found guilty by ICC referee Mike Procter who suspended him for three-match making the remark. Chief of the ICC, Malcolm Speed, appointed New Zealand judge John Hansen as commissioner for Harbhajan’s appeal against the racism charge. A date has not set for the appeal of the suspension. In the meantime, Harbhajan Singh will continue to play pending the verdict of the appeal.

Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds has further muddied the water of cricket’s latest racism row, telling a newspaper that racial taunts were ok as long as they came from friends.

It is also heard that India has hinted at withdrawing a complaint against Australian Brad Hogg if the hosts drop a race charge against their spinner Harbhajan Singh.

The preliminary date for the Hogg’s hearing, who was alleged by Indian captain Anil Kumble for calling him a “bastard”, is set for Monday in Perth.

Australian pace spearhead Clarke said that there was no place in the game for racism.

Captain of both teams have said that they want to clear the air with a meeting, which is expected to take place Monday.

However, I hope that, both teams will solve their matter as a friend not an opponent team. And judge also announce the hearing as early as possible.

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