BCCI notice to Harbhajan

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/sreesanths.jpg' class='caption'> The Board has issued a showcause notice to Harbhajan Singh for violating the code of conduct on the field.

Updated: April 26, 2008 13:34 IST
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After the alleged 'slap' incident between Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth, the BCCI has sent a notice to Harbhajan for violating the code of conduct on the field. He has been asked to reply to the notice by April 28th.

The unsavoury incident took place after Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians and Sreesanth's words irked Bhajji so much that he slapped him after the match. Television cameras caught Sreesanth weeping bitterly on the field.

Later on, Harbhajan Singh apologised to Sreesanth and said the matter has been sorted out as Sree was like his younger brother.

"A lot of things happen in a family. We are part of one family. I think a lot of things which are coming out in the media, whatever have happened we have sorted out all, everything is fine now," Harbhajan said.

Sreesanth also played down the incident and said it wasn't a slap but an awkward handshake in the wrong place.

"I won't really call it a slap, more like the handshake was in the wrong place. I told him, I'm OK with it, I'm fine with it. Maybe, next time I meet him in Mumbai, I'll give it back on the field," said Sreesanth.

Though, the Kings XI team, led by Yuvraj Singh, had decided to file a complaint against the off-spinner, Sreesanth has asked not to take any action.

"I have told the team not to lodge complaint".

Despite this offering of olive branches, the BCCI has taken a serious note of it and said the board would not tolerate such things. The BCCI's chief administrative officer Dr. Ratnakar Shetty said, "players have to follow the code of conduct. They can't just say it's sorted out and get away with it".

Harbhajan Singh, however, is free to play in Sunday's IPL tie for Mumbai Indians against Deccan Chargers.

"We have issued a show cause notice to Harbhajan for which he has been given time till Monday evening to reply. He can play in the match," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said.

The match between Mumbai Indians, which has been captained by Harbhajan due to the groin injury to Sachin Tendulkar, and Hyderabad's Deccan Chargers is to be held at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

"BCCI condemns the behaviour of Harbhajan Singh as a contracted player and he is called upon to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him, " Shah said.

"The reply from Harbhajan will hopefully make things clearer," he pointed out.

DLF IPL chairman Lalit Modi has said he will look into the match referee and umpire's reports and then decide on any action, if at all.

"We are waiting for the match referee and umpire's report only after which our committee will take a decision. The tournament is being played under the ICC guidelines, besides there are also tournament guidelines for the players," he said.

"It looks like a serious matter the way it's being shown on television channels but I can't say anything now. In any tournament it should not happen, it's unfortunate what happened yesterday," Modi added.

(With PTI inputs)

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