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Chronology of cricket's troubled year

Chronology of cricket's troubled year

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2008 20:52 IST

Jan 06

India spinner Harbhajan Singh banned for three Tests after being found guilty of racial abuse of Andrew Symonds during the stormy second Test against Australia in Sydney. Australia captain Ricky Ponting had accused Harbhajan of making a 'monkey' comment at Symonds, the only black player in the home team.

Jan 08

Experienced umpire Steve Bucknor, at the centre of the Harbhajan controversy, replaced by Billy Bowden for the third Test.

Jan 29

Harbhajan, having protested his innocence, cleared by the ICC of racially abusing Symonds. He pleads guilty to a lesser charge of using abusive language and is fined 50 percent of his match fee. India agree to continue tour.

March 11

Australia pull out of planned tour of Pakistan over security fears after bombs kill 20 people in Lahore.

July 03

Result of Pakistan's forfeited Test match at The Oval in 2006, the first such outcome in the history of the game, changed from an England win to a draw by the ICC.

Aug 24

ICC postpones September's Champions Trophy in Pakistan over security fears. The move comes two days after South Africa refused to send their team, while players' associations from Australia, New Zealand and England urged their players not to travel.

Nov 27

India's cricket chiefs abandon last two games of England's seven-match one-day series, and postpone the cash-rich Twenty20 Champions League, following Mumbai terror attacks.

Dec 01

The BCCI say England's two-Test series in India will go ahead. The schedule for the series revised again with the first Test in the southern city of Chennai from December 11-15 and the second in northern Mohali from Dec 19-23.

Dec 03

West Indies agree to tour England in 2009 as replacements for Sri Lanka whose leading players signed up to play in the IPL, which clashes with the two-Test series in England.

Dec 07

England, training in Abu Dhabi, agree to resume tour of India.

Dec 15

India, inspired by a century from Mumbai native Sachin Tendulkar, beat England by six wickets to win the first Test.

Dec 17

Reports emerge that Texan-born billionaire Allen Stanford is considering pulling the plug his 20 million dollars match between his Caribbean Superstars and England. Stanford says he will unveil his future cricket plans in January.

Dec 18

India calls off its tour of Pakistan, due to take place from January 6 to February 19, as tensions between the two nations rise in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks. Pakistan ask Sri Lanka to step in for a replacement series.

First Published: Dec 18, 2008 20:47 IST