Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Sunday, suspended star Team India cricketer Ravindra Jadeja from his side’s third and final Test against Sri Lanka for a case of misconduct during the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club, in Colombo.
Jadeja, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his haul of seven wickets during the match, coupled with a crucial unbeaten 70 in the first innings, has also been docked 50 per cent of his match fees.
The left-arm spinner was reported to ICC’s Elite Panel of umpires when he allegedly threw the ball at Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, who lead Sri Lanka’s resilient fight, albeit in a losing cause, with a sturdy 141 off 307 deliveries.
The incident took place after the 58th over, when Jadeja, fielding off his own delivery, hurled it dangerously close to Karunaratne.
By doing so, the Saurashtra man has breached Article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personel, which prohibits players from “throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match.”
The incident was reported by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker, third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge.
This infringement of the ICC Code of Conduct could go on to haunt him in the future as well. Jadeja has now accumulated six ICC demerit points, and could face further bans, should he go on to pick up two more points within the next 24 months....