Cricket: Bitter rivals to share dressing room

Andrew Symonds (L) accused Harbhajan Singh (R) of calling him a 'monkey' in 2008. Photo / Getty Images
Andrew Symonds (L) accused Harbhajan Singh (R) of calling him a 'monkey' in 2008. Photo / Getty Images

Bitter rivals Andrew Symonds of Australia and India's Harbhajan Singh are set to share the same dressing room after the Indian Premier League auction on Saturday.

The Australian was bought by Mumbai Indians, who have already retained off-spinner Harbhajan for the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament, set to kick off on April 8.

Saturday's signing will see two of the most volatile players in world cricket don the same team colours, which is bound to catch the eye of fans.

Harbhajan and Symonds were involved in a scandal three years ago that threatened to divide the cricketing world.

Symonds, dubbed the bad boy of Australian cricket for his drinking binges, accused the Indian spinner of calling him a "monkey" during the fractious second Test in Sydney in 2008.

Harbhajan, himself no stranger to controversies, was then banned for three matches by the International Cricket Council, the game's governing body.

But his ban was overturned on appeal, leading to much acrimony among players of both teams.

Symonds played for the Deccan Chargers in the first three editions of the IPL and was part of the team that won the 2009 crown.

Mumbai Indians, owned by business tycoon Mukesh Ambani, are yet to win the IPL despite having record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar in their ranks.

- AFP

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