Kings XI lodge complaint against Harbhajan

April 26th, 2008 - 7:28 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

Mohali, April 26 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab Saturday lodged an official complaint with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for making an “unprovoked” attack on Sreesanth after their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Mumbai Indians here Friday night. Kings XI Punjab said Harbhajan’s behaviour was “unacceptable” and against the spirit of the game.

“We confirm that a formal complaint against Harbhajan Singh was submitted to the BCCI today,” Kings XI Punjab said in a statement.

“The complaint is in relation to Friday’s incident following the match against Mumbai Indians where Harbhajan made an unprovoked attack on Sreesanth. The Kings XI Punjab team and management consider this behaviour unacceptable and against the spirit of the game,” the tatement added.

Kings XI Punjab, owned by industrialist Ness Wadia and Bollywood actress Priety Zinta, said the matter is now “in the hands of the IPL and BCCI governing body”.

Harbhajan has already been served with a show cause notice by the BCCI. The off-spinner has been asked to file an explanation on the matter by Monday evening.

Harbhajan, who was leading the Mumbai Indians in absence of Sachin Tendulkar, reportedly slapped Sreesanth after the match. Sreesanth broke into tears on the field.

The ugly incident happened after Kings XI Punjab registered their first win in the tournament beating Mumbai Indians by 66 runs.

“The team was pleased with the win over the Mumbai Indians and is attempting to not let this matter overshadow that result in any way,” the statement said.

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