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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 May, 2005, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Harbhajan Singh Q&A
Harbhajan Singh has joined up with Surrey after his bowling action was given a conditional reprieve by the International Cricket Council.

BBC Sport spoke to the Indian off-spinner about his hopes for the coming months - and his feelings about being scrutinised by the game's governing body.


Q. How do you feel about the ICC investigation into your doosra?

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan after his first net session at The Oval (EMPICS)

A. I'm happy with the way things started out. I was very confident about it and I'm glad that everything is right now.

I just want to play my best and I want to give everything I can to the team.

I was always confident because I knew there was nothing wrong with it. I completed all the tests and I was glad the second time I didn't have to go anywhere.

In Australia, they put 12 cameras around you, they make a record of where you bend and how much you bend.

But really I don't want to keep mentioning it. I would just like to concentrate on playing for Surrey as this will be my first cricket for a long while.

I would like to thank my cricket board for supporting me and I hope this is sorted out for the rest of my life.


Q. You must be keen finally to make a start in county cricket after the disappointment of 2003, when you were unable to play for Lancashire because of injury.

Well I've seen many guys playing here and learning a lot about their own game - Rahul Dravid, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble.

Look at those guys - they have been role models for me. They are totally changed people after coming to play here.

As a professional, people expect you to do well, you can't just keep your head down. Hopefully I will be a much better cricketer for playing here.


Q. How does it feel coming to play for Surrey at The Oval?

S Rixon
He will contribute in those tight situations
Steve Rixon, Surrey coach

A. I love The Oval, I've always done very well here and I would like to thank Steve [Rixon, the coach] and all the other guys for waiting for me.

They have been very supportive and I would like to give them something very special to remember me by. I'll give whatever I can.

I've loved the last seven years playing cricket for my country and I would like to learn a lot of things from here as well.


Q. India play England at home early next year - are you going to be examining the techniques of some of the English batsmen?

A. We have got a lot of cricket before then and anyway I have been playing against many of the England players for the last three or four years.

They are good players - it should be good fun to have them in India, let's see how they play.


Q. Finally, do you think Greg Chappell is a good choice as the next India coach?

I think he should be. He was a great cricketer, we are pleased to have him on board. I am looking forward to working with him once I get back.




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