New Delhi, Apr 28: Harbhajan Singh, on Monday, was banned from playing 11 Indian Premier League matches. The judgment came after he had pleaded guilty for slapping Sreesanth, before an IPL disciplinary hearing conducted by match referee Farokh Engineer here. Harbhajan, had carried a letter, which he presented before the commission. He also expressed regretted for his actions which hurt Sreesanth"s feelings.
The temperamental off spinner already admitted to the media persons of getting physical with Sreesanth. Slapping a fellow player constitutes a Level 4 offence as per the ICC Code of Conduct and carries a maximum punishment of a life ban or a minimum of five Tests or 10 ODIs for India's premier off-spinner. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) held the hearing here to decide the fate offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who is currently suspended for allegedly slapping pacer S. Sreesanth after an IPL match last week.
The BCCI has already issued a showcause notice to Harbhajan over his misbehaviour. Harbhajan had allegedly slapped Sreesanth after a match between Punjab Kings XI and Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Friday. The fast bowler, who otherwise is known for his on-the-field aggression, was seen crying bitterly on the ground after the incident.