BCCI will recall the team from Australia on Harbhajan issue

Jan 28 (PTI) The Cricket Board today reiterated its stand on the Harbhajan Singh ban issue and threatened to call of the remainder of the tour of Australia unless the alleged racial abuse charge against the Indian off spinner was withdrawn in the two-day appeals hearing starting tomorrow.
"Our stand remains the same as was the case earlier. We want the racial slur (against Harbhajan Singh) to be lifted. Otherwise the BCCI will recall the team from Australia," said its Vice-President Lalit Modi today.

Earlier in the day, Harbhajan's counsel V R Manohar made it clear that the Indian camp would oppose any "fishy" evidence that might be used against the off spinner to scuttle his defence during the two-day hearing.

ICC-appointed commissioner John Hansen, while laying down the procedure for the hearing, said "additional evidence" like transcript available from the stump microphone, could be admissible in the hearing scheduled to begin tomorrow in Adelaide.

The Indians, however, are against the idea.

"Anything which is legal and for the purpose of doing justice, we ourselves will co-operate. But if something fishy is done in the guise of doing justice we will object," Manohar said.

Manohar was also confident that the present evidence was enough to save the troubled off-spinner.PTI

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