IPL Governing Council member IS Bindra on Tuesday slammed umpire Amish Saheba for commenting on S Sreesanth's on-field behaviour in the media and said he should have mentioned it in his report on the match between Mohali and Mumbai in Mohali last week.
Bindra said Saheba, who was on Tuesday suspended for two IPL matches for his remarks reported in a Mumbai newspaper, had not submitted any report to match referee Farokh Engineer or the IPL on Sreesanth's conduct.
"The umpires are not supposed to give their reports to the media, but there is a set procedure through which they can report to the match referee or IPL," Bindra said.
"There is a prescribed proforma which umpires are supposed to fill and report in case they want to report on any incident. To my knowledge, the umpire in question has not submitted any report to the match referee or IPL co-ordinator," Bindra said at a press conference in Mohali .
Saheba had reportedly told a Mumbai newspaper that "Sreesanth abused the Mumbai team (led by Harbhajan Singh) relentlessly throughout the game and was warned twice" by him and the "other umpire, Pakistan's Aleem Dar."
On the slapping incident, Bindra, who is also the ICC's Principal Advisor, said, "It's a bad episode. There are no two opinions about that, but we should move forward.
"This kind of behaviour is not acceptable. We have maintained that spirit of the game is equally important, if not more than the letter of the law," Bindra said.
Bindra said Harbhajan, who was banned from the remaining matches of the IPL and lost 100 per cent of his match fees after being found guilty of slapping pacer Sreesanth, has been counselled on several occasions in the past.
"We have been counselling him in the past. I always counselled him in Australia recently (in the Andrew Symonds episode). When Sourav Ganguly was removed, he (Harbhajan) had given a statement. We remain in constant touch with him..," Bindra said.
Asked if any action could be recommended against Sreesanth as well, Bindra shot back that there was no proof of the Kerala pacers guilt.
"It is a hypothetical situation. Till yesterday, nobody has reported anything and Harbhajan has already accepted his mistake."