India and Australia Cricket controversy. What people are saying?
Board of Control for Cricket in India: The ban is totally uncalled for, unjustified and patently illegal. The working committee reiterated that the ban imposed on Harbhajan is totally unacceptable.
Malcolm Speed, ICC chief executive: There is a process in place for appeals and Harbhajan has appealed. We can't have one set of rules for the India team and another set for everyone else.
Wasim Akram: We didn't behave like cry babies and go running to the officials every time something was said out in the middle. Australia do it constantly and more than anyone else so how they can complain about the behaviour of other teams, I don't know.
Derek Pringle: The Aussies have been sledging and abusing players with little censure for years, so there will be some sympathy towards Harbhajan for standing up to them. But in a world where racial friction can cause the death and destruction now being seen in Kenya, its use on a sports field is unacceptable, regardless of the provocation.
The Times of India: The cricketing world and the public rose up in anger at the treatment meted out to Team India but justice has been done. We've won. Not the Test series, but at least a moral victory. Steve Bucknor has been removed from officiating and Harbhajan has been cleared to play pending his appeal.
Pakistan coach, Geoff Lawson: There's certainly been a lot of feeling from explayers who think the baggy green has been disrespected. Some of these current players need to be spoken to. I was pretty disappointed.
John Bertrand: The pressure to win out on the field has become too hot, and that pressure is all about winning at all costs. The fall-out that we are seeing at the moment is not acceptable. We believe Australia's Test team moral compass needs to be retuned.
Neil Harvey: Certainly the captain needs to be stronger and keep his guys in line. He needs to look at himself.
Nasser Hussain: Anyone who played with or against me knows I was not against sledging, as long as it was done in the right way. But if Harbhajan called a member of the opposition a 'monkey' or used any sort of racial abuse I would say to him: Sorry, you are on your own.
Mike Selvey: Replacing Bucknor for the Test in Perth has little to do with his skills and much to do with simple expediency - a way to appease India and ensure that the tour and series are able to continue. Whom next will the players bully out of a job.
The Independent: India might be all too willing to show their clout as the game's economic powerbase but it is the past they are truly railing against. Until not long ago, it was the custom for the likes of England and Australia to patronise all other countries."
The Australian newspaper: The Indian board's stance amounts to attempted blackmail and it cannot be tolerated. Holding the game to ransom in such a way is arrogant and bad sportsmanship.
James Sutherland, Cricket Australia chief: Test cricket is what is being played here, it's not tiddly winks. It's a tough game and out there from time to time emotions will boil over.
The Australian: While they consider themselves fair if hardnosed and aggressive professionals a growing number of observers see them as exceptional cricketers given to boorish, arrogant and ungracious behavior.
John Buchanan: Those who suggest Australian and Indian players in this series have not been playing in the spirit of the game, are showing their ignorance of how we have been born into cricket.
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