Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended for the third Test after being found guilty of breaching article 2.2.8 of the player's code of conduct. The Indian all-rounder was guilty of throwing the ball back at batsman Dimuth Karunaratne 'in a dangerous manner’ in the 58th over of the third day.
Jadeja’s splendid all round performance in the second Test will not be repeated in the third Test as he has been suspended for the final Test after being found guilty of breaching article 2.2.8 of the player's code of conduct which deals with "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 occurred when the left-arm spinner fielded off his own bowling in the 58th over of the innings on the third day and hurled the ball back at batsman Dimuth Karunaratne 'in a dangerous manner.'
Jadeja previously had three demerit points and following the latest incident, he gathered three more, taking his tally to six in a 24-month period thus resulting in a one-match suspension. He was also fined 50% of his match-fee for the act.
Jadeja’s previous breaches of the code of conduct had come during the last and final Test against New Zealand when he was fined 50 per cent of his match fees and handed three demerit points for breaching Article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "causing avoidable damage to the pitch during an international match".
Moreover, in that game, he had received two informal and one official warning during India’s first innings, before infringing the protected area for the fourth time, leading to some damage. Having reached the threshold of four demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, Jadeja's six have now been converted into two suspension points. If he further reaches the threshold of eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, it will lead to four suspension points.
As per ICC's player's code of conduct, two suspension points result in a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first for the player, while four suspension points lead to a ban from two Tests or four ODIs or four T20Is. The six demerit points, though, will stay on Jadeja's disciplinary record.
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