The ICC in the meantime called in their chief referee Ranjan Madugalle to broker a truce between Ponting and Kumble. They also replaced Bucknor with Billy Bowden for the next Test saying that they were acting in the best interest of the umpire and the game (Benson was not penciled in to stand at Perth). The ICC also denied they had yielded to pressure from India - a belief that was gaining momentum because of the BCCI’s financial clout.
At length cooler heads prevailed. Harbhajan was given leave to enter an appeal which would not be held until after the series. The Indians finally moved to Canberra for their next match and then on to Perth for the third Test. Madugalle met Ponting and Kumble and negotiated a peace of sorts each captain declaring that the game was more important than any individual. The hearing on the charge against Hogg was set for the night before the Perth Test.
However at the eleventh hour the Indians withdrew the charge in what was widely praised as a magnanimous gesture. And on the morning of the Perth Test players of both sides shook the hand of every other so notionally at least the controversy was set at rest ten days after it began.
The day after the series was over with Australia winning it 2-1 following a high scoring draw at Adelaide, an independent hearing before New Zealand judge John Hansen downgraded the charge against Harbhajan from racism to abusive language, rescinded the ban and fined him half his Sydney match fee instead.
Hansen made it clear that Symonds had been the provocateur and also amplified confusion about whether Harbhajan had said ``monkey’’ or ``teri maki’’ words in Hindi that sounded similar.
In Image: AUSTRALIA, Adelaide: (L to R) Australian players Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden are seen along side Indian player Harbhajan Singh and assistant Indian team manager M.V. Sridhar prior to the start of the appeal hearing against a three-match ban imposed on Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh by the ICC at the Adelaide Federal Court, 29 January 2008.