Harbhajan needs to improve his image, says Akram

April 29th, 2008 - 11:00 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram Tuesday justified the ban on Harbhajan Singh, and said the off-spinner being a senior member of the Indian team will have to improve his image as an international cricketer. “He (Harbhajan) needs to understand that such kind of behaviour will not serve him right in the long run. Maybe, he is under some kind of pressure or something. Harbhajan is no spring chicken. He is a senior member of the Indian team and must behave like one,” Akram said in an interview to Mobile ESPN.

Akram said Harbhajan had committed a mistake by physically assaulting Sreesanth and he got paid for it.

“Going by the reports in the media, Harbhajan has committed a grave mistake, there is no denying that. You just can’t slap anyone. IPL have taken the right step by banning him. Everyone knows what happened to Shoaib Akhtar after his brawl with Mohammad Asif.”

The cricketer-turned commentator said Indian people supported Harbhajan in the Sydney controversy, but this time he was found on the wrong side of the things.

“Bhajji had the support of the entire nation when he was in Australia because he was right. Even the BCCI supported him, but this time he is in the wrong. Bhajji has to improve his image as a cricketer. He is talented and well behaved, but all of a sudden, he goes haywire,” said Akram.

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