Melbourne, Feb 27 (UNI) Cricket Australia (CA) has charged Matthew Hayden, who referred to Harbhajan Singh as an ''obnoxious weed'', with breaching its code of conduct and will convene a hearing today for the opener.
Hayden was charged under Rule 9 of the CA's Code of Behaviour, which prohibits detrimental public comment. The board will appoint a Code of Conduct Commissioner from its panel who will preside over the hearing .
''Rule guidelines prohibit public denigration of other players against whom they have or will play,'' CA spokesman Peter Young said.
The left-handed opener have had several confrontations with Harbhajan during India's ongoing tour Down Under including the one during the second Test in Sydney last month, when the off-spinner was accused of making racist remarks to Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
The 36-year-old Hayden was a witness in the first hearing against Harbhajan, that resulted in a four-Test ban which was later overturned.
The pair was at it again on Sunday, when the Indian team accused Hayden of calling Harbhajan ''mad boy''.
Hayden, however, denied the charge saying he used the phrase ''bad boy''.
''He took offence to that and I thought that was quite funny,'' He said in an interview on Brisbane radio yesterday. ''I said, 'Mate you should be flattered, it's a clothing range'.'' The burly Australian also acknowledged he had ''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,'' he said. ''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 in the history of cricket.'' Hayden also had a dig at India's new-ball bowler Ishant Sharma, ''He is just young. I have said to him many times, 'You are 19, take it easy'. Why doesn't he just worry about his bowling for a while? I like the idea of actually getting into the ring. I like that, let's bring that one.'' The CA has the authority to stop its contracted player from commenting on television, radio or print if it feels that it is not in good taste about an opposition players or Board.
UNI XC AB RAR ND1702