Harbhajan’s incident is the most bizarre because it takes you back to the colonial days of Racism. What Harbhajan is supposed to have done is perhaps not as blatantly racial as the way that joker Mike Proctor went about giving the ban on him. Read what Sunil Gavaskar, arguably one of the best openers the world has ever seen has to say on this.
"The off-spinner has denied having used the word which has caused offence and in the absence of any audio recording and most crucially with both umpires not having heard it, the charge should have been dropped straight away for lack of corroborating evidence," Gavaskar wrote in his column for a reputed newspaper.
"By accepting the word of the Australian players and not the Indian players, the match-referee has exposed himself to the charge of taking a decision based not on facts, but on emotion."
The 58-year-old Gavaskar, who is also the head of the ICC’s rule-making committee, said it had incensed millions of Indians who had been asking why his decision should not be considered a racist one.
"Millions of Indians want to know if was a ‘white man’ taking the ‘white man’s’ word against that of the ‘brown man’. Quite simply if there was no audio evidence nor did the officials hear anything then the charge did not stand," he wrote.
"This is what has incensed the millions of Indians who are flabbergasted that the word of one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Sachin Tendulkar, was not accepted. In effect, Tendulkar has been branded a liar by the match-referee."
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