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'Dropping charge not part of any deal'

The BCCI makes it clear the decision to drop charges against Hogg is only intended to bring about a congenial atmosphere.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2008 11:30 PM IST

The Cricket Board on Monday made it clear that the decision to drop charges against Brad Hogg was not part of an arrangement with the Australians but was only intended to bring about a congenial atmosphere for the remaining part of the series.

The BCCI said it was up to the Australians to decide on how they reciprocate to the Indian board's gesture.

"It was a gesture of goodwill. The Indians have shown their magnanimity to drop the charges against Hogg. It was not part of any deal but to create the right atmosphere," BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla told PTI.

"We believe in setting high standards. To forgive is part of India's culture and ethos. How the Australians reciprocate is upto them," he said.

Shukla said the move would definitely ease the tension between the two team ahead of the Perth Test.

"Hogg had confessed that he had used an abusive word. If we had pursued the case, he could have been in trouble. But we decided to move on," Shukla said.

Shukla also said they had not received any communication from the ICC regarding Harbhajan Singh's hearing on his appeal against a three-match ban.

"No date has been fixed yet but we want it to be held before the tri-series gets underway," he added.

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