segunda-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2008

India withdraws Hogg complaint

INDIA has withdrawn a complaint against Australian spinner Brad Hogg for allegedly making an offensive comment against two players during the second cricket Test in Sydney.

Hogg is now eligible to play in the third Test at the WACA Ground starting Wednesday.
Indian captain Anil Kumble announced the dropping of the charge following peace talks between him and Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

Hogg had been charged with allegedly referring to Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as "bastards" in Sydney.

The rival captains met in the presence of International Cricket Council mediator Ranjan Madugalle, and agreed that both sides would play with renewed respect for each other.

"From what happened with Ricky and I, we had a discussion with Ranjan and after that it was important that the game of cricket moved on," Kumble said.

"Cricket is larger than the individual and it was important that we forgot about what happened in Sydney as one of those bad moments and that it was time to move on.

"So in view of that, we decided as a team that we withdraw the charge made against Brad Hogg.

"It was just one of those incidents, probably made in the heat of the moment and it was important that we moved on.

"So in view of that, we have withdrawn the charges."

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