India drop charges against Hogg

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> India have dropped charges of verbal abuse against Brad Hogg at a hearing in Perth.

Updated: January 16, 2008 17:54 IST
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India have dropped charges of verbal abuse against Brad Hogg at a hearing in Perth.

"We decided to withdraw charges because we thought Hogg's comments were made in the heat of the moment," said Anil Kumble, Captain, Indian cricket team.

"It's time to move on and that's why as a team we decided to drop the charges against Hogg," he added.

Meanwhile, sources have told NDTV that spinner Harbhajan Singh's hearing will be conducted after the fourth Test.

"Anil Kumble spoke to the president and office bearers saying that in the larger interests of the game and considering that the Indian team has always upheld the spirit of the game, on-field issues can be settled by the players themselves and we support the stand," said Ratnakar Shetty.

NDTV: Will Australia drop charges against Bhajji too?
Ratnakar: We hope the Australian team looks at it positively. As far as we know, an Appeals Commissioner has been appointed and the board stands by Harbhajan Singh.

NDTV: Kumble said its time to move on. Do you agree?
Ratnakar: I think so. The Indian team wants to concentrate on the game and I hope the game of cricket will be the final winner.

Australia spinner Brad Hogg was on January 8 charged under Level 3 of the International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct following allegations that he verbally abused Indian skipper Anil Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Hogg was accused of making the remarks during the final day of the controversial second Test in Sydney.

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