BCCI slaps five-ODI ban on Bhajji

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/h/harbhajansree1.jpg' class='caption'> The BCCI has banned Harbhajan Singh for five ODIs for slapping India teammate S Sreesanth on Wednesday.

Updated: May 23, 2008 12:04 IST
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New Delhi:

The BCCI has banned Harbhajan Singh for five ODIs for slapping India teammate S Sreesanth, following the report submitted by Board-appointed Commissioner Sudhir Nanavati.

The decision was taken after the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI, comprising President Sharad Pawar, President-Elect Shashank Manohar, and Vice-President Chirayu Amin, met at the Cricket Centre earlier on Wednesday.

The BCCI has warned Harbhajan that any further instance of misconduct will invoke a life ban for him.

Sreesanth was also warned by the BCCI in written. In a letter sent by Board Secretary Niranjan Shah, the volatile pacer has been instructed to mend his ways on the field.

"The Board is constrained to warn Sreesanth for his behaviour on the field and in the event he does not improve his behaviour, the Board would be constrained to take appropriate decision," Niranjan Shah, Secretary of the Board, stated in his letter.

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The decision means Harbhajan will miss the tour of Bangladesh and two matches of Asia Cup in Pakistan.

Harbhajan was present before the Committee and a copy of the report was given to him. The player admitted his guilt in the concerned matter. He prayed for leniency and assured the Committee that there would not be any misconduct on his part in future.

The Committee invoked Rule 3.2.1 of the BCCI Regulations for Players, Team officials, Managers, Umpires and Administrators. Under this provision, the maximum punishment that can be meted out to a player is 'a ban up to a maximum of 5 ODIs and / or 3 Test matches.'

Harbhajan has already been banned by the DLF Indian Premier League for 11 matches and will also lose about Rs 3 crore.

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