With Harbhajan Singh being absolved of the charges of having made racist comments against Andrew Symonds, the Sydney fiasco seems to have settled finally. And Brett Lee—reports now say that the whole row was triggered off when Harbhajan patted him in a rather friendly manner—has urged the two teams to learn from the controversy and move on for the sake of cricket.
“I still believe Australian cricket and cricketers are respected and as long as everyone learns from the fallout of Sydney, I think we will be in a better place. If I can see a positive out of it I am sure the two teams will have more of an appreciation of cultures.”
Lee felt better umpiring could have averted the whole controversy.
“Whilst I don’t feel we conducted ourselves poorly, the closeness of the match coupled with a few contentious umpiring decisions ‘magnified’ the issues and these may have a been a ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’.”
On his equation with the Indians
“I enjoy (the company) of Sachin (Tendulkar), (VVS) Laxman and (Rahul) Dravid. They are good blokes and I have spent a lot of time with them off the field particularly Sachin and Laxman. It would be fair to say we enjoy each others company.”