One of the central figures of the 2008 monkeygate scandal involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds, Australian captain Michael Clarke now wishes he had not made the mistakes which aggravated tensions between his side and the visiting Indians.
Clarke was caught at slip off his glove during the match but didn’t walk and was eventually ruled not out during the tense win over India which became infamous for the racism row that erupted between Symonds and Harbhajan after the former accused the latter of calling him a monkey.
Harbhajan was eventually cleared of the racial abuse charges and Clarke was among the players criticised for their role during the match.
“There are certain players in both teams who look back on what happened there and wish it didn't happen,” Clarke told The Daily Telegraph.
“But you learn from that. There are so many things in your life that you learn from. For me, as a player that’s one of them. I was caught at slip off my glove and didn't walk. It's an area where I look back now and wonder ‘what were you thinking’.
“It was clearly off my glove. I do like to wait until the umpire gives me out but when it's clear like that get off the field. I've learnt from that. Hopefully I don't make the same mistake again," Clarke added.
But Clarke said the animosity of that incident has long vanished, courtesy the IPL.
Katich could have sued CA
An angry and disappointed Simon Katich had the option of suing Cricket Australia under age discrimination laws after being dumped from the list of contracted players but he decided against such a move.
The 35-year-old, who lambasted Cricket Australia for axing him from the list, was told by lawyers to consider taking CA to court but he shot down the idea. “Katich told his management to drop any thoughts of legal action, saying he wanted to fight his battles on the cricket pitch and not in a court of law,” reported Fox Sports.