Vijay Hazare Trophy: R. Ashwin wears helmet with BCCI logo, risks fine

The off-spinner can be fined by the match referee for breaking the clothing regulations of the Board.

R. Ashwin at practice on Thursday. Ashwin was promoted up the order and he came out to bat at No. 3.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

Tamil Nadu and India off-spinner R. Ashwin risked attracting a fine after wearing a helmet with a BCCI logo on it during the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Friday.

Ashwin wore the helmet when he came out to bat at No. 3 for Tamil Nadu against Karnataka at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Ashwin’s promotion up the order — he is usually a lower-order batsman — was a surprising decision by the Tamil Nadu team management, and it didn’t yield dividends as he departed for just eight.

While Ashwin failed to rise to the challenge, he now risks being fined by Chinmaya Sharma, the match referee, for sporting the BCCI logo.

AS IT HAPPENED | KAR v TN

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI functionary said a fine may be imposed at the discretion of the match referee, but the rules say he can be fined for breaking the clothing regulations of the Board. “The clothing regulations clearly say that you have to tape the BCCI logo if you plan to use the same helmet in domestic matches as the one you wear while playing for India. The match referees as well as players have been briefed about the same over the years and if someone is guilty of committing the mistake, he can be fined by the referee,” the official said.

While Mayank Agarwal, the Karnataka batsman, was seen wearing his helmet with the logo taped, K. L. Rahul, his team-mate, was seen using a helmet without any logo on it.

Hat-trick for Mithun

Tamil Nadu’s innings will, however, be remembered for the hat-trick taken by Abhimanyu Mithun. Mithun became the first bowler to perform the feat in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The 30-year-old fast bowler dismissed M. Shahrukh Khan (27), M. Mohammed (10, and Murugan Ashwin (0) in the final over of the innings.

Karnataka defeated Tamil Nadu by 60 runs (VJD method).

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