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Ban and fine likely for Bhajji

cricket Updated: May 14, 2008 03:38 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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Sudhir Nanavati, the commissioner appointed by the BCCI to probe 'Slapgate', submitted his report to the Board on Tuesday, the last day of his 15-day deadline.

The BCCI finalised details of the Disciplinary Committee meeting, which will decide what action will be taken against Harbhajan Singh, who slapped the Mohali IPL team's S. Sreesanth on April 25, after Mumbai, led by the off-spinner, lost to Mohali.

It was reliably learnt that Harbhajan is likely to be penalised in terms of match fees and get an international ban.

A Board insider told the HT on Tuesday that while it would be left to the disciplinary committee - comprising Board president Sharad Pawar, president-elect Shashank Manohar and vice-president Chirayu Amin - to decide what action to take, it is fairly certain that Harbhajan would be banned for sometime.

"In addition, it is expected that he will lose part of his annual contract fees with the Board as punishment," he added, saying that the "sum" was as yet undecided. Another source indicated that that "sum" Harbhajan could lose could be up to 20 per cent of his annual retainer (Rs 8 lakh) and a ban of at least three one-dayers.

Harbhajan, contracted for Rs 40 lakh per year, is in Grade B of the BCCI retainerships. Harbhajan thus could miss the Bangaldesh tri-series, beginning on June 8. Nanavati handed over a sealed 14-page report to BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty in Mumbai.

“Whatever conclusion I intended to reach I have reached. It's for the BCCI to take appropriate action,” Nanavati said.

Nanavati's report contains only details of a fact-finding mission. "We may decide tomorrow when the committee is to meet as Mr Pawar is in town," said Shetty.

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