Jadeja suspended for Pallekele Test

The left-arm spinner violated the ICC Code of Conduct on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Ravindra Jadeja's throw in the 58th over was deemed dangerous by the on-field umpires.   -  AP

It was a bitter-sweet Sunday for Ravindra Jadeja. After turning in a ‘Man of the Match’ performance (five for 152) for India in the second Test, which the visitor won against the host, the left-arm spinner was handed out a suspension for the third Test at Pallekele from August 12.

Jadeja was found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct following an incident here on Saturday. After bowling the last delivery of the 58th over, Jadeja, fielding off his own bowling, rifled in a throw that narrowly missed Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne. The on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker deemed that the throw was dangerous and Jadeja ‘admitted the offence’ and accepted the verdict imposed by match referee Richie Richardson.

The ICC stated in a press-release that Jadeja was suspended ‘after his accumulated demerit points reached six within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for which he received a 50 per cent fine and three demerit points.’

The release further mentioned: “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, support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other third person in an inappropriate or dangerous manner.”

“As Jadeja had received a 50 per cent fine and three demerit points during the Indore Test against New Zealand in October 2016 for violating 2.2.11 of the Code, with the addition of Saturday’s three demerit points, he has reached the threshold of four demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have now been converted into two suspension points. As such, Jadeja has been suspended from his side’s third Test against Sri Lanka.”

India will miss Jadeja in the concluding Test. Much before the ICC handed out the suspension, India captain Virat Kohli said: “Jadeja can give you a very quick 60-70 anywhere. If he doesn't bowl well, he can score runs. Once he scores runs, then he gets the confidence with the ball also. He is always in the game, he fields well. He is a valuable cricketer.”