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Sledging getting out of hand: BCCI

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah reacts to Australian opener Matthew Hayden's attack on Harbhajan Singh calling him an "obnoxious little weed."

cricket Updated: Feb 26, 2008 23:30 IST

Indian Cricket Board tonight said sledging during the controversy-ridden tour of Australia was going "out of hand" after opener Matthew Hayden's attack on off-spinner Harbhajan Singh calling him an "obnoxious little weed."

Indian Cricket Board secretary Niranjan Shah said matters were going "out of hand and is going too far."

He said sledging had set a bad example for young cricketers and the ICC had recently discussed the issue, a demand on a ban on it and empowering the on-field umpires to slap penalties on errant players.

"We don't want to react and make a controversy in this matter. It is best to ignore such comments which are not good for the game," Shah told NDTV.

Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja said it was best to ignore sledging.