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Aus board wants Bhajji punished

According to an Australian daily, Cricket Australia has asked BCCI to act against Harbhajan though he has denied calling Hayden "a liar" and Gilchrist "no saint".

cricket Updated: Mar 09, 2008 10:23 IST

Harbhajan Singh has denied to have called Matthew Hayden "a liar" and Adam Gilchrist "no saint", but Cricket Australia (CA) is furious on the reported outburst and has asked Indian board to take action against the off-spinner.

"I did not make these comments. A lot has been written in the last few days, but I have not said such things," Harbhajan had said on Friday after a newspaper reported his alleged outburst directing to Hayden and Gilchrist.

According to The Age, CA has now written a letter to BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah, demanding that the board take action on Harbhajan.

"Enough is enough. Despite assurances that you have instructed him not to fuel this issue any more, Harbhajan continues to say whatever he wants. When will it ever end? Could you please deal with your player in regard to these comments," CA chief executive James Sutherland wrote in the letter.

"We've tried over the summer to get the balance right in the way controversial comment has been managed and we've certainly, through our actions with Matthew Hayden, been firm with our own players in terms of where the tipping point is.

"We believe it is possible to make intelligent, thoughtful and even provocative public comment without descending to personal abuse," Sutherland wrote.