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    Harbhajan Singh more... SYDNEY, January 7: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has suspended its team's tour of Australia pending the outcome of an appeal for banned spinner Harbhajan Singh. 

    Harbhajan was suspended on Sunday by the International Cricket Council for three tests after being found guilty of racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds during the second test in Sydney. Harbhajan has denied the claims and the BCCI said the tour would be suspended until his appeal had been heard. 

    "The Board will appeal to the International Cricket Council to review the decision of the Match Referee and suspend its operation till the appeal is disposed of," the BCCI said in a statement released on Monday. "The Indian Board realises the game of cricket is paramount but so too is the honour of the Indian team and for that matter every Indian. 

    "To vindicate its position, the Board will fight the blatantly false and unfair slur on an Indian player." The Indian team were due to travel to Canberra on Monday to prepare for their next tour match but returned to their hotel rooms after boarding their bus. Australia lead the four-match series 2-0. 

    Umpire Steve Bucknor rules Dravid out to a caught behind appeal by Adam Gilchrist when the bat was nowhere near the ball 
    Umpire Mark Benson seeks Ponting's opinion on whether Ganguly's catch carried to Clarke and gave him out when the Aussie skipper lied to say yes 
    Ponting appealed to a Dhoni catch knowing fully well that he had grounded the ball. Later, tells media to buzz off for questioning his integrity 
    Symonds and all others kept appealing wrongfully and aggressively to almost every ball but there is no word on whether they would be booked for excessive appealing 

    Top BCCI officials is meeting here on Monday to take stock of situation arising out of Harbhajan Singh's three Test ban for his alleged racist comments against Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds. 

    The meeting was convened by BCCI President Sharad Pawar at his residence. 

    BCCI has made it clear that they would appeal against the ban and have directed the team management to do the needful. 

    The off-spinner was banned on Sunday for three Tests after the ICC Match Referee Mike Procter in a marathon six-and-a-half hour hearing upheld the Australian charge that he had racially abused all-rounder Andrew Symonds. 

    The appeal has to be lodged with the ICC's legal counsel in writing within 24 hours and the team has delayed its departure from Sydney to do the paperwork. 

    The appeal will be made to the Commissioner of Appeals and pending the appeal, the off-spinner can continue to play. 

    BCCI has also said it would lodge an official complain against the umpiring in the second Test after India were done in by by some poor umpiring decisions. 

    Playing with a team of 14 men -- including two on field umpires and the match referee -- Australians may have won the series, but they have actually proven that they are loosing their sportsmanship to Indians. 
     Instead of playing on their own calibre this time the host team seems relying more on the umpires who are busy in securing defeat of the guest side swearing allegiance to white skin. 
    A 'blind' Steve Bucknor and an equally erratic Mark Benson once again did their best to ensure that the second cricket Test between India and Australia would be remembered more for its long list of umpiring howlers than cricketing action. 
    If the opening day set the tone with three dubious decisions, the final day saw India crashing to a shock with 122-run defeat witnessed a number of horrendous decisions that proven costly for the visitors. 
    The series of blunders in this Test series pointing out the need of the hour to depend more on technology than on the biased human beings -- umpires.
     Both the umpires knocked the life out of India's second innings resistance with two decisions and the visitors could not recover from the setbacks.
     After a top order collapse, Sourav Ganguly (51) who is on his form became a victim of racial discrimination for the second time in the series when the ball got stuck in Michael Clarke's gloves after coming off the field, which prompted umpire Benson to consult Ricky Ponting instead of his fellow Buckner. 
     Much to Ganguly's dismay, Benson raised his finger, a decision that left former India captain Sunil Gavaskar livid. Gavaskar lambasted Benson for not consulting Bucknor or the third umpire and going by the words of the skipper of the opponent team. 
    Another pillar of the visiting team, Rahul Dravid had padded an Andrew Symonds delivery that brushed his knee-roll before landing on Adam Gilchrist's hands, which was ruled by Bucknor a caught behind. Then Dravid was playing at 38.

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