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Australian board charges Hayden with code of behaviour breach

By Neena Bhandari, IANS

Sydney : Australian batsman Matthew Hayden was Wednesday charged with a breach of the Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Behaviour following his unsavoury comment on Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

During a media interview in Brisbane Tuesday, Hayden called Harbhajan an “obnoxious little weed”.

“It’s been a bit of a long battle with Harbhajan. The first time I ever met him he was the same little obnoxious weed that he is now,” Hayden told a Brisbane radio station.

“His record speaks for itself in cricket. There is a certain line that you can kind of go to and then you know where you push it and he just pushes it all the time. That’s why he has been charged more than anyone that’s ever played in the history of cricket,” he added.

Hayden has been charged under Rule 9 of the CA Code of Behaviour, which prohibits detrimental public comment. The rule guidelines prohibit public denigration of other players against whom they have or will play.

This summer of cricket is proving too hot with continued sledging and controversies as the two sides gear to clash in the first of the best of three finals of the Commonwealth Bank triangular series Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.