Ravindra Jadeja’s Man-of-Match moment turns bitter: Why he will miss a Test
Ravindra Jadeja, who was the star for the Indian cricket team in the second Test, will miss the third and final Test against Sri Lanka national cricket team due to suspension after being docked half his match fee in the Colombo TestUpdated: Aug 07, 2017, 16:19 IST
In what will come as a bit of a dampener on India’s series win over Sri Lanka, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was suspended for the third Test at Pallekele by the International Cricket Council for code of conduct breach. (HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD)
Jadeja, who was the star of India’s win in the second Test on Sunday with an unbeaten half-century and a five-wicket haul in the second innings, paid the price for throwing the ball back at Sri Lanka’s Malinda Pushpakumara, who had not left his crease.
The on-field umpires deemed the action dangerous as it narrowly missed the batsman.
The incident happened on Saturday, when after fielding off his own bowling on the final delivery of the 58th over, Jadeja threw the ball at the batsman. Jadeja admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by ICC match referee Richie Richardson, which meant there was no need for a formal hearing.
Jadeja has been suspended as his accumulated demerit points reached six within a 24-month period, following his latest breach of the ICC code, which led to a 50 % fine and three demerit points, an ICC release said.
“During the third day’s play in the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday, Jadeja was found guilty of breaching article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “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”.
Jadeja was handed a 50 % fine and three demerit points during the Indore Test against New Zealand in October for a code violation. With the addition of Saturday’s three demerit points, he reached the threshold of four demerit points, which have been converted into two suspension points.
The third Test against Sri Lanka will be played in Pallekele from August 12-16.