Jalandhar: Oct 28, 2012
Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh suffered another blow after the demotion by the BCCI, as a job offer from the Punjab police, which came his way in 2002, no longer exists.
The off-spinner was a few days ago demoted from Grade A to B by the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), due to which his fees was reduced from Rs 1 crore to 50 lakh per year.
Now, he cannot turn back to the offer that was made by the Punjab police in 2002.
In February 2002, Harbhajan was given the offer to join Punjab police as a deputy superintendent of police. He was honoured by the then chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who even called him the 'Punjab da puttar', besides giving a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a residential plot.
Harbhajan didn’t take the police job offer as that time he was flooded with offers and with the Indian team.
Now, after 10 years, when he showed interest, the Punjab government responded back that the offer no longer exists.
"The deputy chief minister has made adverse remarks on Bhajji's file and the case is almost closed. Bhajji has been busy in the glamour world and preferred not to serve his state,” a Punjab government official was quoted as saying by the Times of India.