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Mongia irked, Mohali subdued

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2008 03:01 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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The Mohali team didn't react to news of Harbhajan Singh's suspension. A statement issued by the team merely said that now that the IPL has decided on the issue, the team would concentrate on the matches ahead. Nothing unexpected there given the way the Mohali team has gone about the complaint. Team CEO Neil Maxwell had clarified that they weren't very happy at lodging it but the nature of the offence had left them with no choice. Mohali players too refused comment.

“We have been asked not to speak anything on the matter,” was all that a player said.

Punjab players not in the IPL team though were a lot more vocal. Former Punjab skipper Dinesh Mongia, now with the Indian Cricket League, said: “I think the whole incident was pretty unfortunate. I have known Harbhajan for long and I am sure all that happened in the spur of the moment,” he said.

“And the good part of the whole issue was that he accepted his mistake and also apologised to Sreesnath. So, I feel the board should now take a lenient view of the whole issue, especially considering that both of them are playing for the country.”

Other Punjab Ranji players said they had always found Harbhajan very friendly and helpful but accepted that his temper gets the better of him sometimes. “He just can't stand even the slightest provocation and that's what lands him in trouble pretty often,” he said.