Tour is on, BCCI tells Cricket Australia

Updated: 10 January 2008 13:14 IST

Indian cricket board, before it began its' emergency meeting, informed Cricket Australia that the tour would go ahead, according to team sources.

Tour is on, BCCI tells Cricket Australia

Sydney: Indian cricket board, before it began its' emergency meeting in New Delhi, informed Cricket Australia (CA) that the tour would go ahead, according to team sources.

The Indian Board softened its stance once controversial umpire Steve Bucknor was replaced by Billy Bowden and chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle was sent an SOS by the ICC to head for Australia and plaster over the cracks between the two sides.

The two opposing captains, Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble, would be told in no uncertain terms that intemperate behaviour on the pitch or outside would not be tolerated from now on.

The BCCI has now agreed to fulfill its commitment and told CA that the meeting in New Delhi is only a formality, the sources said.

Accordingly, the visitors would now move to Canberra on Wednesday where a three-day game against ACT XI will begin from on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Indians have pressed forward their complaint against left-arm spinner Brad Hogg for abusing Kumble during the final hours of the second Test.

ICC's chief executive Malcolm Speed has confirmed that Hogg would face a code of conduct charge in Perth.

The Indians have spent the last two days at their hotel in Sydney, refusing to leave for Canberra, till the issue of Harbhajan and Bucknor was dealt with quickly and firmly.
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