Board will not tolerate indiscipline
BCCI chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday warned Indian players that the Board will act tough against any incidence of indiscipline and will not be a mute spectator if anyone violates the code of conduct.
"My message to Indian players who have got contractual obligations with the Board that they have to honour each and every guideline about discipline which the Board has communicated to them, and they have accepted and signed," Pawar said.
The BCCI President was speaking after Harbhajan Singh was temporarily suspended from the Indian Premier League for allegedly slapping S Sreesanth.
"If somebody is going to violate them, the Board will not sit as a silent spectator," Pawar said.
He said if there is any evidence of wrongdoing, swift action should be taken.
"If there is prima facie evidence, (IPL Commissioner Lalit) Modi should take action right now and they should give opportunity to both sides and take a final view.
"I told BCCI secretary general to give notice to him (Harbhajan) and give him a specific time and opportunity and take a final decision on which we will take a decision separately on Monday," Pawar said.
"The IPL committee, I hope, will take a separate decision."
BCCI's Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty asserted that the BCCI "meant business" in this matter.
"We want to tell our players that discipline is equally important and not only their cricketing talent," he said.
Shetty said the Board had issued a letter to Harbhajan asking for his explanation with Monday evening as the deadline.
He mentioned a decision on the off-spinner's participation in the IPL and further disciplinary action for the alleged misconduct were two separate angles of the issue.
"This has never happened in Indian cricket when somebody physically assaulted another player. It is an extremely serious matter and we are dealing with it very seriously," he added.