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Pak may find a sympathiser in Harbhajan

As Pakistan come to terms with ball-tampering charge, they may find sympathy from Bhajji, who too had his share of problems with Hair.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 18:15 IST

As Pakistan seeks to come to terms with the sensational ball-tampering charge that led to the fourth cricket Test being abandoned, they may find sympathy from India's Harbhajan Singh, who too had his share of problems with controversial Australian umpire Darrell Hair last year.

Hair, in the eye of a storm following his decision to force Pakistan to forfeit the match against England at the Oval yesterday, had reported the Indian off-spinner in the second Test of the TVS Cup series against Pakistan in last March.

Harbhajan returned figures of four for 145 runs in the match which India won by 195 runs. But match referee Chris Broad and umpires Hair and Steve Bucknor, were not happy with the bowler's action, particularly when he bowled the 'doosra', a delivery that leaves the right-hander.

It was the third time that the Punjab spinner had come under the scanner for chucking in his eight-year international career.

Broad, in his report to the ICC, had said "The report relates specifically to the bowler's action when delivering the doosra. It was noticeable to the umpires and me that there was an apparent change in his action when bowling this delivery between the first innings, when no concerns were raised, and the second."

Following the submission of the report, Harbhajan was instructed to get his action analysed by an independent member of the ICC's panel of human movement specialists. More

First Published: Aug 21, 2006 18:15 IST