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Ramprakash banned for first 2 games of 2009 season

Mark Ramprakash will have to wait a while longer to add to his haul of first-class centuries after he was banned for the first two County Championship matches of next season.

cricket Updated: Oct 07, 2008 12:49 IST

Mark Ramprakash will have to wait a while longer to add to his haul of first-class centuries after he was banned for the first two County Championship matches of next season.

The 39-year-old former England batsman, who scored his 100th hundred this year, was also fined USD 2,610 and ordered to pay costs of USD 1,740 after he was found guilty on yesterday of repeatedly swearing at an umpire during a match in August.

The Surrey captain could have been given an even harsher punishment.

The disciplinary panel "took into account that Ramprakash was captain at the time of the incident, his previous good character, and the facts that he was contrite, had unreservedly apologised to the umpires and had already been fined 1,000 pounds by Surrey County Cricket Club," the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.

The row erupted when Murray Goodwin accused Ramprakash of running down the middle of the wicket in an attempt to damage the surface on the first day of a match between Surrey and Sussex at The Oval.

Ramprakash marched toward Goodwin pointing his bat and the duo stood toe-to-toe until the umpires and Sussex captain Mike Yardy intervened.

Play resumed, but when Ramprakash completed his century he again made an angry gesture at Goodwin. At the close of play, the batsman then pointed his bat at umpire John Steele.