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Cricket: England opener Roy gets suspended ban

March 23, 2022 00:59 IST
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England opener Jason Roy earlier this month withdrew from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

IMAGE: England opener Jason Roy earlier this month withdrew from the Indian Premier League (IPL). Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

England opener Jason Roy has been handed a suspended two-match ban for "conducting himself in a manner which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket" and bringing it into disrepute, the country's cricket board (ECB) said on Tuesday.

The ECB or the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC), the body that hears disciplinary cases in the domestic game in England and Wales, did not specify the incident he had been charged for.

 

"The CDC has announced its sanction on Jason Roy after he admitted a charge of conducting himself in a manner which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the game of cricket, the ECB and himself into disrepute, in breach of ECB Directive 3.3," the board said in a statement.

The CDC further ruled that Roy be "suspended from the next two England matches for which he is eligible for selection, but that punishment should be suspended for 12 months dependent on good behaviour". He was also fined 2,500 pounds ($3,309.75)

The 31-year-old, who has played 98 one-day internationals and 58 Twenty20 internationals for England, earlier this month withdrew from the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying global events in the past three years had taken their toll on him.

Roy was set to feature for the newly formed Gujarat Titans in the T20 competition, which gets underway on Saturday.

Dutch cricket ventures to a new frontier in maiden New Zealand voyage

Although nearly four centuries have passed since Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand, his adventurous spirit lives on in a new generation of pioneers from the Netherlands -- only this time they are traveling for a game of cricket.

For the first time, New Zealand will host a team from beyond the elite world of Test-playing nations for an international tour, arranging a one-off Twenty20 with the Dutch on Friday and three one-day internationals between March 29 and April 4.

"This opportunity is arguably once in a lifetime," Netherlands captain Pieter Seelaar, 34, told Reuters.

"I've been playing (since 2005) and never even experienced anything that remotely resembles something like this."

World championship events run by the International Cricket Council (ICC) are usually the only occasions when minnow teams like the Netherlands receive high-level exposure.

Their engagement by New Zealand marks the first time a country in cricket's Anglosphere has hosted a second-tier team for a multi-format tour.

Among the game's other long-established territories, only the West Indies have similarly extended tours for developing sides before, hosting Ireland (2014) and Afghanistan (2017) across white-ball formats before they attained full Test status.

"There's no incentive for full members to get associates over and play a series against them," Seelaar said, lamenting the ICC's decision last year to end the home-and-away ODI Super League after the current cycle.

His side is the only non-Test nation in the 13-team competition.

"I think our younger players in the squad don't quite realise how special it is that they're going to be part of this series.

"To combat New Zealand in their own conditions, it doesn't get any better as a cricketer does it?"

The Dutch, who have made four appearances in both the ODI and T20 World Cups, achieved their greatest success in the shortest format when they humiliated England at Lord's in 2009 -- and again five years later in Chittagong.

Despite cricket not being popular locally, the Netherlands have continually developed homegrown talent and cannily enticed foreign players to bolster their lineup.

South Africa-born all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate played 33 ODIs for the Netherlands between 2006 and 2011, scoring 1541 runs at an eye-popping average of 67.

Dutch cricket's growth can be attributed to their team's inclusion in England's domestic one-day competition, an association which lasted between the 1990s and 2010s.

"We improved a lot as cricketers because we got to play on the county grounds, on the professional surfaces, and have access to incredible facilities," Seelaar said.

He recalled the county experience helped his team grow in confidence and opened the door for individuals to become English county professionals on Kolpak contracts.

Britain's departure from the European Union in 2020 all but closed that door because Dutch players are no longer classified as locals.

"In the Netherlands, we have five or six guys under contract, on a very modest salary," the left-arm spinner said.

"(Most players) still have to earn money outside of the professional game playing for Holland, so they either have to coach or actually have an office job on the side."

New Zealand have assembled a strong squad for retiring batsman Ross Taylor's swansong, but will miss some white-ball regulars due to lucrative Indian Premier League commitments.

The juxtaposition is evident to Seelaar, who acknowledges that high-profile opportunities for his men can offer both exposure and distraction.

"These days, where there's T20 leagues everywhere around the world, doing well at perfectly the right time could get you a deal very quickly," he said.

"It would be on some players' minds, which I would prefer it not to be."

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