Harbhajan cleared by ICC
The ICC have dismissed allegations Harbhajan Singh made racist gestures to the crowd during the first match of the CB Series final.
Last Updated: 03/03/08 9:09am
The International Cricket Council have dismissed allegations that Harbhajan Singh made racist gestures to the crowd during the first match of the CB Series final against Australia on Sunday.
Reports from Down Under have claimed that Harbhajan made monkey gestures and spat at the crowd in Sydney.
However ICC match referee Jeff Crowe has cleared Harbhajan of any wrongdoing.
"I have investigated the alleged incident with Cricket Australia's ground security officials after reading newspaper reports and viewing related photographs that have been published," he said.
"After reviewing all available information, I conclude that there is no need to take any action against Harbhajan Singh."
The BCCI have defended Harbhajan - claiming the reports were being blown out of all proportion.
India manager Bimal Soni said: "I think it is wrong.
"Nothing has been done like that. They are making a mountain out of a molehill. He did nothing.
"These stories I do not believe them and I strongly condemn them.
"We do not talk about it, we only talk about the cricket on the field and we do not want to talk anything about these things."
And Harbhajan also received the support of former Australian captain Allan Border, who claims the spinner was being heckled by the crowd.
"I'm not too sure how serious it is," said Border.
"I mean I was at the ground yesterday and I was on that side of the ground and Harbhajan was copping a fair bit of stick from the crowd.
"I didn't notice any gestures at all and I thought he handled himself quite well to be quite honest."