So, finally we get the details and reasoning behind Harbhajan Singh being absolved of making a racist comment against Australia. Iâ€™m not gonna go on at length about it, cos Iâ€™m incensed at the entire process and the results, but in the interests of information dissemination, here are few choice nuggets Iâ€™ve picked up. Like, how Sachin Tendulkarâ€™s word may have played a big part.
Tendulkar said he heard Harbhajan use a term in his native tongue “teri maa ki” which appears to be pronounced with an “n”. He said this is a term that sounds like “monkey” and could be misrepresented for it.
â€˜And thus fell Lord Perth, and the earth did shake with that thunder.â€™ â€“ Stephen King. Goodbye SRT, thanks for the memories.
Of course the Aussies are pissed off, and not kuti their very own art form has come back to bite them in the arse. Apparently Cricket Australia â€œcavedâ€ to the money-spinning Indians, and theyâ€™re mighty miffed down under.
In what the paper described as a “brazen act of provocation”, the Indian board chartered a plane to whisk their one-day squad from Melbourne – the venue for Friday’s Twenty20 fixture – to Adelaide, so that they could fly home to India if the charges against Harbhajan were not dropped. The move was described by MV Sridhar, the team’s assistant manager, as a “show of solidarity”.
Money talks, bullshit walks apparently. But wait, whatâ€™s this I hear from Sri Lankaâ€™s board, due to play a lucrative tri-series against Aus and India soon? A little Asian solidarity perhaps? Surely not.
Ranatunga, a former Sri Lankan captain, called for a ban on sledging and hoped the Australians would learn their lessons from this controversy.
And finally, this little pearl from the stump microphone, which apparently recorded Mathew Hayden a little pissed off with Bhajji after the slur.
“You’ve got a witness now, champ,” says Hayden. “It’s racial vilification, mate. It’s a shit word and you know it.”
Make up your own mind; I just happen to recognise the smell of bullshit.