Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja had a bittersweet second test match after he was found guilty of breaching article 2.2.8 of the ICC code of conduct and was handed a one match ban by the ICC. For his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct, Jadeja was fined 50% of his match fees and handed three demerit points. Earlier in the day, Jadeja had lead India to a historic victory in the second test of the series, picking up 5/152 and was awarded the man of the match award for his efforts.
Jadeja paid the price for throwing the ball back at Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne. He 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 at or near a player in an inappropriate manner during an International Match”. He was handed 3 demerit points for his un sportsman like actions and in the process took his total demerit points to 6 within a period of the year which results in a one match ban according to ICC rules which come under article 7.6 of the code. Jadeja admitted to the offense and was slapped the sanction by match referee Richie Richardson. What is important to keep in mind that the six demerit points will stay in place even after the ban and if he crosses 8 demerit points within 24 months, then they’ll be converted into 4 suspension points, meaning he will face the penalty of a two-Test/four-ODI/four-T20I suspension.
The news will come as a dampener to the Indian team who will be without one of their star performers for the final test. Kuldeep Yadav is expected to take Jadeja’s place for the final test match which will be played from August 12-16.