April 28, 2008
The IPL is a 20-20 cricket league played by the professional players of all around the world. Promoted by BCCI, this newly born baby of ICC hopes to give huge bank balance to both BCCI & ICC. There are 8 teams in this league; Bangalore Royal Challengers, Kings 11 Punjab, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals & Delhi Daredevils. These teams are owned by famous businessmen or actor like; Shahrukh Khan, Vijay Maliya, Preity Zinta, Mukesh Ambani etc.
Even before the first ball of this league was bowled it has been under the scanner and various controversies are arising around it, but everything has taken the back sit after the incident of 25th April in the match between Mumbai Indians & Kings 11 Punjab. At the end of this match, Harbhajan Sing, the turbonater of India and a player of Mumbai Indians, slapped S.Sreesanth, angry young bowler of Kings 11 Punjab as well as Indian senior cricket team. It was said that Harbhajan became so irritated by constant attitude of Sreesanth that he couldn’t hold himself and slapped him after the match. Harbhajan said that he just knocked him as an elder brother. But things have become critical after Nes Wadia & Preity Zinta, the owner of Kings 11 Punjab wanted evasive action against Harbhajan.
Things could have gone under the mat if there was no such evidence but the video footage that was found, could become the deciding factor of Harbhajan’s fate. On Monday, the 28th of April at Mohali, match referee Farokh Engineer will give his verdict after the hearing. In this crucial meeting, Neil Maxwell, Yuvraj Sing and S.Sreesanth will be present. This is surely going to be a hot discussion as the whole Mumbai team is with Harbhajan and their coach & captain will support this off-spinner. Many also feels that Sreesanth was crying in joy 7 Harbhajan was provoked and many other such speculations are coming. But the important factor is if Harbhajan is found guilty then he could get a suspension of 5 Test or 10 ODI matches. It will ultimately hit the senior Indian cricket team.
Whatever happens, cricket should be played in the proper manner and every rule should be maintained thoroughly. Infact Farokh Engineer has clearly confirmed that the decision will be taken on the basis of ICC’s code of conduct. So let’s wait for the verdict because Harbhajan’s case can keep a crucial impact in the following fixtures of Indian cricket team.