The hearing of Harbhajan Singh's appeal against his ICC Code of Conduct breach has begun in camera in Adelaide today. Appeals Commissioner, Justice John Hansen, briefed the media yesterday on the procedures to be undertaken.
With due legal process taking its course under the watchful eye of a New Zealand High Court judge, why then:
- Is the BCCI demanding that Harbhajan Singh be found not guilty?
- Has the Indian team refused to travel from Adelaide to Melbourne today as scheduled until the outcome of Harbhajan's appeal is handed down tomorrow?
- Have Indian team sources claimed that the squad will return home if Harbhajan's "racism" charge is not dropped?
Are they attempting to influence the outcome of the appeal through public threats? Are they going to refuse to accept any decision they don't like? Having had the appeal hearing delayed until the conclusion of the Test series, are they trying to do "whatever it takes" to keep Harbhajan Singh available for selection for the Indian eleven?
"Attempting to pervert the course of justice" - does this rather ugly cap fit the BCCI head?