Hayden may be fined for 'weed' remark

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/h/hayden2_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Cricket Australia will meet in Melbourne to discuss the batsman's comment on Harbhajan Singh.

Updated: February 27, 2008 08:42 IST
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Australian opener Matthew Hayden might be fined for his comments on Harbhajan Singh on Brisbane Radio.

Cricket Australia might hold an emergency meeting to try and diffuse the volatile situation.

According to sources, Cricket Australia's stand is that Hayden brought disrepute to the game and that is a breach of their code of conduct.

The fine is likely to be announced around 11.30 am IST.

"Cricket Australia on Wednesday advised that a significant announcement regarding a current Australian player will take place this afternoon at the MCG," a CA statement said.

"Cricket Australia has assured BCCI of action," said Bimal Soni, Indian team's Manager.

The Indian team management had also lodged a written complaint with the Match Referee about the provocative behaviour of the home team during their Sunday match and threatened to take a "befitting action" if Ricky Ponting and his men persisted with such behaviour.

Bhajji hits back

Earlier in the day, Harbhajan hit back at comments by Hayden on Tuesday.

Harbhajan told NDTV on the flight back from Hobart to Sydney, that while he had nothing to say in reaction to Hayden's comments, everyone knew who the bad boys were.

He further added that the Australians had provoked the Indian team throughout the ongoing cricket tri-series.

However, the Indian cricket administration board, BCCI, has said that it is best to ignore such comments.

BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, speaking on behalf of the Board, pointed that such comments come from people who have a habit of getting into controversies.

Aussie media's take

This on and off the field controversy has also helped spice up on Wednesday morning's newspapers in Australia.

The Age newspaper reported that Hayden's remarks had ensured a spicy finale to a fiery summer of cricket.

Another newspaper The Daily Telegraph, after headlining Hayden's 'weed' remarks, went on to quote former cricketer Rodney Hogg as advising the Indian to stop whingeing about trivial issues.

Earlier, Australian opener Matthew Hayden, an active participant in the on-field bickering that have marred India's current tour of Australia, had launched an offensive broadside at off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday.

He called Harbhajan an "obnoxious little weed" and challenged young paceman Ishant Sharma to a boxing bout.

"It's been a bit of a long battle with Harbhajan, the first time I ever met him he was the same little obnoxious weed that he is now", Hayden said on Brisbane radio, a remark that has the potential to create more bad blood between the Indian and Australian teams ahead of their Tri series cricket finals.

"His record speaks for itself in cricket. There is a certain line that you can kind of go to and then you know where you push it and he just pushes it all the time. That's why he has been charged more than anyone who has ever played in the history of cricket," Hayden said as Harbhajan came under fresh attack from Aussie cricketers.

Opening another front against the visitors, Hayden said he had told Ishant Sharma to settle down and on Monday, quipped he would like to meet the stringbean paceman in a boxing ring.

"He is just young. I have said to him many times, you are 19, take it easy," Hayden said.

"At the end of the day you are 19, why dont you just worry about your bowling for a while," he added.

Hayden's fresh salvo came a day after the Indian team management lodged a written complaint with Match Referee Jeff Crowe regarding Australian players' "provocative" behaviour.

Hayden and Harbhajan were involved in an ugly tussle at the SCG on Sunday with the Indians claiming that the Australian opener had termed the Indian a "mad boy."

(With PTI inputs)

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