Harbhajan Singh has been suspended for five one day internationals for slapping Sreesanth

May 14th, 2008

Harbhajan SinghBCCI disciplinary committee has suspended Harbhajan Singh for five one-day internationals for slapping Sreesanth during the Indian Premier League match.

The Indian Board says he will be banned for life if he breaches its disciplinary regulations again.

A statement from the board said the disciplinary committee, which met on Wednesday, had decided to invoke Rule 3.2.1 of the BCCI regulations wherein the maximum punishment is “a ban up to a maximum of five ODIs and/or three test matches”.

The ban means the 27-year-old off-spinner will miss the forthcoming tri-series in Bangladesh in June and the start of the Asia Cup in Pakistan.

On April 28, Harbhajan was banned for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season after being found guilty of slapping by the match referee.

The incident occurred after the Mumbai team, captained by Harbhajan in the absence of the injured Sachin Tendulkar, lost to Sreesanth’s Mohali.

Television pictures showed Sreesanth, an international team-mate of Harbhajan’s, in tears after the game.

Harbhajan’s international ban comes four months after he was involved in a row on the controversial tour of Australia.

He was initially banned for three tests after being found guilty of making alleged racist remarks towards Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

But the spinner was subsequently let off with a fine following an appeal.

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