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Wright, Ganguly defend Dravid

January 21, 2004 10:26 IST

India coach John Wright and captain Sourav Ganguly have leapt to Rahul Dravid's defence after the player was fined half his match fee for ball tampering in Tuesday's VB triangular one-day series win over Zimbabwe.

"ICC (International Cricket Council) match referee Clive Lloyd found Dravid guilty of a Level 2 offence and imposed a Level 2 penalty (of) 50 percent of his match fee for a breach of the code of conduct," Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The team's vice-captain was charged under clause 2.10 of the code of conduct which refers to changing the condition of the ball during the match at the Gabba ground in Brisbane.

"Dravid attended a hearing after the match and was subsequently informed of the penalty," CA said.

Close-up television footage during the match had shown an Indian player rubbing a cough lozenge on the ball.


"It was an innocent mistake," India coach Wright told reporters.

"He was applying saliva to the ball and what happened was the saliva was coloured with that sweet and he wiped it off because he knew immediately that it was only supposed to be saliva or perspiration.

"Rahul knew it straight away and that's why you could see he tried to wipe it clean. It's a silly thing but that's exactly how it happened."

Dravid said he was prohibited from commenting about the incident.

Wright added: "He's everything that the game needs. It was one of those things that happens, it's not as though he applied anything consciously to the cricket ball."

Ganguly said: "(It was) just an accident."

India won the day-night match by 24 runs after Dravid had top-scored with 84 in their total of 255 for six.

Ganguly's side, who have 17 points after three wins from four matches, will play series leaders Australia (18) in Sydney on Thursday.

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Sub: Guilty ? Dravid ?

It certainly seems Cricket Australia is losing not only its sporting spirit but also spoiling the spirit of the play. Cricket Australia and the Australian ...

Posted by Girish

Sub: felt bad by the judgement

This is ridiculous that now a days some judgers are attacking on Indian players.In the test series too Indian players were Victims for the very ...

Posted by Madan

Sub: Ball Tampering

There should be a panel that compares the decisions made by umpires in a game so as to standardise the umpiring. This will help to ...

Posted by Joe

Sub: Hope time will talk for itself!!!

Chappel's remarks on Dravid's action strikes me. The same act, was reacted upon in totally different perspectives by 2 guys at the commentary box, at ...

Posted by Dhananjaya

Sub: Rahul Dravid

This is nothing but a racial slurr against Indian. The match referee has no guts to control thoses goras who swear & abuse + bodily ...

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