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BCCI emergency meet to decide on tour

The meeting will decide its further course of action in the event of ICC not responding favourably to its appeal against the ban on Harbhajan.

cricket Updated: Jan 08, 2008 15:12 IST

The BCCI working committee will hold an emergency meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday evening to decide on whether to continue the controversy-marred cricket tour of Australia if the ICC does not respond favourably to its appeal on Harbhajan Singh's ban.

The committee will deliberate at length the ban imposed on Harbhajan for allegedly racially abusing Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds and the umpiring blunders, which cost India the second Test in Sydney.

"It all depends on what response we get from the ICC. We will discuss all the matters before finalising our response," a top BCCI official told PTI on condition on anonymity.

The BCCI will also discuss the fallout, if indeed; they take the extreme step of abandoning the tour.

India could risk a hefty $2 million (approx Rs 7.85 crore) fine from the ICC if it refuses to continue with the tour.

The BCCI, however, may not be too concerned about the financial implications of pulling out of the tour but it would take into account the bigger ramifications of such a step.

The official said the BCCI and Cricket Australia have enjoyed a good relationship and it would only exercise the option of a pullout only if it finds that there is no other choice at its disposal.