SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia batsman Matthew Hayden has been charged by his national board after describing Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh as an "obnoxious weed" and challenging teenage fast bowler Ishant Sharma to a fight.
Cricket Australia (CA) ordered Hayden to attend a judicial hearing in Melbourne on Wednesday night to answer a code of conduct charge for publicly denigrating an opponent.
The charges came almost immediately after Indian officials lodged a complaint over Hayden's comments.
"We condemn such comments by the Australian players," the Indian board's chief administrative officer, Ratnakar Shetty, told Reuters.
"Our secretary has already communicated our feelings to Cricket Australia.
"We've advised our players to show restraint, but despite that if such comments are being made it is really unfair.
"CA have said they will look into this and let us hope there is some communication on this."
Hayden launched his extraordinary verbal attack on Harbhajan during an interview with a Brisbane radio station, claiming the Australian players were fed up with the constant complaints from the Indians about their on-field behaviour.