Impose life ban on Harbhajan: former Aussie umpire

April 30th, 2008 - 3:21 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

Melbourne, April 30 (IANS) Former Australian Test umpire Lou Rowan Wednesday called for a life ban on Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for his on-field behaviour. Rowan, who umpired in 25 Tests between 1963 and 1971, said that by slapping Sreesanth after an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Harbhajan had proved that he was not fit for cricket.

“This fellow (Harbhajan) doesn’t belong to the game of cricket. He has shown he is no good. They should just get rid of him from the sport,” Rowan told The Courier Mail.

“I don’t know what other sport would want him, though.”

The Australian also feels that Harbhajan escaped lightly with the IPL season ban imposed on him by the IPL governing council as his act would have called for stricter punishment in any other sport.

“I certainly don’t think he would have been allowed to get away with what he has been allowed to get away with in any other sport. They should just get rid of him and move on,” Rowan said.

Besides IPL, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also set up a separate inquiry committee to probe the incident.

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