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Indian team departure delayed

cricket Updated: Jan 07, 2008 18:41 IST
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The Indian cricket team has delayed its departure to Canberra in order to file an appeal against Harbhajan Singh's three Test bans on an alleged racial abuse against the Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

"There is a lot of paperwork required and we need to be proper in our appeal hence we are delaying our departure to Sydney," said media manager MV Sridhar from the team hotel on Monday morning.

Indian team was scheduled to leave by bus at 10.30 am local time for Canberra where they were to play a three-day game against Australian Cricketers' Territory (ACT) Invitational XI beginning on Thursday.

The team management sources have confirmed that there is no threat to the tour being disrupted at the moment though.

"We would leave for Canberra as soon as we are through with the process (of appeal)," stated Sridhar.

The off-spinner was banned yesterday for three Tests after the ICC Match Referee Mike Procter in a marathon six-and-a-half hour hearing upheld the Australian charge that he had racially abused all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

The appeal has to be lodged with the ICC's legal counsel in writing within 24 hours. The appeal will be made to the Commissioner of Appeals and pending the appeal; the off-spinner can continue to play.