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India spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended from the third and final Test of the series against Sri Lanka after accumulating six demerit points over a 24-month period.
Jadeja had come into the Colombo Test with three demerit points, slapped on him for running on the pitch in Indore in October 2016. Now, the ICC have penalised him further after an incident in the Sri Lankan second innings.
Jadeja had fielded the ball off his own bowling and then thrown it a the batsman Dimuth Karunaratne “in a dangerous manner” according to the 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”.
Jadeja admitted to the offence and accepted his sanction by match referee Richie Richardson. In addition to the demerit points, which tallied up to a suspension, he was fined 50% of his match fees. Jadeja had been a vital part of India’s innings victory at the SSC, becoming one of only two Indians ever to hit a fifty and take a five-for in the same Test. With him forced into the sidelines, India might look to play left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav in Pallekele on August 12.
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