ICC rules must be consistent for betterment of cricket says Kohli

Fri, Aug 11, 2017 07:37 pm Posted: Cricketnmore Editorial
Virat Kohli
Kandy, Aug 11 - India skipper Virat Kohli on Friday hoped that the ICC guidelines for suspending a player will be consistent and not vary with different situations after all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was suspended for the third Test against Sri Lanka here due to a breach of conduct.

Jadeja accumulated six demerit points inside a 24-month period which means he will be suspended from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first. Jadeja had come into the Colombo Test with three demerit points, which were slapped on him for running on the pitch against New Zealand in Indore in October 2016. 

Now, the ICC have penalised him further after an incident in the 58th over of the Sri Lankan second innings. Jadeja had fielded the ball off his own bowling and then thrown it at batsman Malinda Pushpakumara during Sri Lanka's second innings in the second Test "in a dangerous manner" according to on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford. 

This was in breach of 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".

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