Maharashtra left-arm seamer Jitendra Patil was charged with ball tampering in an U-22 C.K. Nayudu Trophy match on Wednesday, making this a first in domestic cricket.
Patil was chosen for the Border-Gavaskar scholarship awarded to promising Indian cricketers in 2009 but couldn't join the programme, which includes a training trip to Australia, due to injury.
Match referee Harvinder Sodhi confirmed the incident to Hindustan Times, but said no action has yet been taken on the player.
“Since the umpires report came a bit late, I would only be taking a decision tomorrow. I have fixed a hearing for this on Thursday (the final day),” Sodhi told HT over phone from Ghaziabad.
Speaking from Ghaziabad, an official from the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) said there is no provision to immediately suspend the player or deny him a bowl.
Uttar Pradesh, though, have been awarded five penalty runs by umpires Nitin Menon and Virender Sharma.
Patil was apparently caught applying cream on the ball four deliveries into Maharashtra's 39th over on the third day of this four-day match.
As soon as the umpires noticed that, they ordered a change of ball.
The batsmen were allowed to choose one from a choice of seven, including a new one, in accordance with the rules of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Uttar Pradesh, who were 186/7 at stumps, were 107/3 when this happened, just before the tea break. Maharashtra scored 376 in the first innings and dismissed UP for 146. UP still need 44 runs to avoid innings defeat on the final day.