BCCI warns Aussies against sledging Indian players

9 years ago | 27-02-2008 | SAMPURN

RAJKOT, February 27: In a strongly-worded message, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Niranjan Shah has warned that the Australians should keep away from sledging. This is the first time in the recent history of the game that any senior board official has curtly criticized a foreign team while the Indians are on tour on their soil.

Lashing out at the arrogant Australian cricket team for cosseting in sledging and aggravating the Indians, Shah said such deeds by the hosts were avoidable and not good for the game. It may be mentioned here that on Tuesday, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had uttered similar concerns and Shah reiterated the captains feelings only to boost the morale of the Indian players before the best-of-three match CB Triangular series finale that begins in Sydney from Sunday.

Reacting to the unpleasant incidents that took place at the Sydney ground during a tie with Australia last Sunday, Shah said that the way the Australians are behaving is not good for the game and warned them not to resort to sledging the Indian team members. Shah advised the Aussies to hold back from such things and not get into another problem. The BCCI secretary, however, refused to comment on the protest lodged by Indian manager Vimal Soni about the Aussies' behavior with the match referee.

It may be mentioned here that during last Sundays match Aussie all-rounder Andrew Symonds provoked young Indian pacer Ishant Sharma for which the latter was fined 15 percent of his match fees by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.

The BCCI secretary also backed the Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his comments after Sunday's loss to Australia wherein the wicketkeeper had asked the senior players to start delivering the goods (read pay the Aussies back in the same coin). According to Shah, Dhoni is the captain and he is free to give any advice to his teammates for the betterment of their performance.