The 27 year old off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will miss the forth coming tri-nation series and the start of Asia Cup in Pakistan because of his ban for five one-day matches by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) for slapping his international team-mate Shanthakumaran Sreesanth during a domestic Twenty20 league last month. He is now under inspection. BCCI has also threatened him for life ban for any further misconduct.
A statement from the board said the disciplinary committee, which met on Wednesday, had decided to invoke Rule 3.2.1 of the BCCI regulations wherein the maximum punishment is "a ban up to a maximum of five ODIs and/or three Test matches".
"The committee accordingly decided to ban Harbhajan Singh for five one-day internationals, starting today, and observed that any further instance of misconduct will invoke a life ban," read the statement.
Harbhajan Singh is under huge pressure. Hope to get polite behave from him and see him on the play ground. He should learn any lesson from this punishment.