Doug Bracewell punished for drink-driving over dead cockatoo incident

Doug Bracewell, New Zealand seamer, has a history of alcohol-fuelled incidents and was even suspended for one Test in 2014 after going on a drinking spree with Jesse Ryder, during which he broke a bone in his foot.

cricket Updated: May 26, 2017 13:24 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Doug Bracewell has represented New Zealand in 27 Tests, 14 ODIs and as many T20Is. (Getty Images)

New Zealand cricketer Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 days of community service after the fast bowler was found guilty of a third drink-driving offence and has been handed a one-year ban from driving.

Bracewell, who had admitted that he had made a “massive mistake” by driving back home, has however, also stated that it was the death of his cockatoo that had left his partner distraught. She had informed him of the incident over phone and the cricketer, then at a party, decided to drive home.

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“This was no-one’s fault but my own. I’m deeply embarrassed to have let down so many people, be they family, friends, or cricket-lovers,” BBC quoted him as saying.

Bracewell had been pulled up in March and had been found to have a blood-alcohol reading of more than three times the legal unit. However, New Zealand Cricket has not taken any action against the cricketer, who is recovering from a serious leg injury.

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“NZC notes Mr Bracewell suffered a serious leg injury in February and is unlikely to resume his competitive cricket career until next summer,” local media quoted the organisation as saying.

“Under such circumstances, and considering the penalty imposed in the Hastings District Court today, NZC will be taking no further punitive action.”

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Judge Bridge Mackintosh, while reading out the sentence also observed that this was an act of utter carelessness. “This offending in my submissions should be seen as an unfortunate hiccup and something that doesn’t reflect the man he has become or the sportsman,” he said.

Bracewell was also found guilty of drink-driving in 2008 and 2010. In 2012, he and former Kiwi batsman Jesse Ryder had been involved in an altercation at a Napier bar before being fined in a late-night drinking incident in 2014.

The 26-year-old has played 27 Tests for New Zealand and represented the country in 14 ODIs and 14 T20Is respectively.

First Published: May 26, 2017 13:24 IST