BCCI - No tour pull-out
BCCI president Sharad Pawar has said that India's tour of Australia will go ahead no matter the result of Harbhajan Singh's appeal.
Last Updated: 12/01/08 1:58pm
Sharad Pawar, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has said that India's tour of Australia will go ahead no matter the result of Harbhajan Singh's appeal.
It had been suggested that India might quit the series Down Under following the three-match suspension handed to Harbhajan for racially abusing Andrew Symonds during the second Test.
The BCCI promptly suspended the tour at the start of the week following the hearing in protest at the decision.
However, they agreed to return to action after the International Cricket Council's decided to replace umpire Steve Bucknor for the third Test at the WACA.
However, despite the ICC's move, India still refused to rule out the possibility of returning home early if Harbhajan's appeal against his ban failed.
Now it appears the outcome of that appeal will not affect India's participation in the rest of the series, even if the original decision is upheld.
"There's no question of a pull-out" Pawar told the Hindustan Times.
"The series will not be affected. We are focussed on fighting Harbhajan's case, but it all should be within the game.
"We have decided to give full support to Harbhajan, and we will provide all the legal help to fight it out. If that means we have to seek legal assistance from abroad, we will do that."