Indian team stuck in bus for two hours as talks go onJanuary 7th, 2008 - 2:03 pm ICT by admin
Sydney, Jan.7 (ANI): There is confusion surrounding the movements of the embattled Indian cricket team after players moved back inside their Sydney hotel today.
The cricketers spent two hours sitting on the team bus outside their city hotel while captain Anil Kumble and team officials held discussions inside, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The Indians were due to travel to Canberra today with a scheduled stop off at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.
The Indian players had earlier pushed their way through a scrum of reporters and autograph hunters onto the bus following the fall-out from yesterday’s SCG Test.
Spin bowler Harbhajan Singh, who was handed a three-Test ban for racial abuse of Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds early this morning, was among the players that had climbed onto the bus.
India’s tour is at crisis point following Kumble’s provocative comments yesterday that Ricky Ponting’s men were not playing in the spirit of the game following Australia’s dramatic 122-run victory at the SCG.
The number of umpiring blunders that marred the Sydney clash also incensed the tourists.
A tired and emotional Indian team spokesman M.V. Sridhar had refused to rule out the possibility of the tourists heading back home in the early hours of the morning.
Sridhar said the Indian team is considering having Australia’s Brad Hogg cited for abusive language from the SCG clash.
He said the Indian team was in a poor emotional state.
“I don’t think the Indian team is very happy at all, we are all very disappointed by the way this Test match has gone, we landed with an intention this tour would be played in the right spirit,” he said.
“But unfortunately it hasn’t and the way this is proceeding is giving a lot of bad taste to both sides.
“The bottom line is the entire cricket team is really disappointed and extremely upset at the way things have gone.”
India captain Anil Kumble earlier displayed the resentment towards the Australians by provocatively accusing them of not playing in the spirit of the game. (ANI)
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