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Jadeja suspended for 3rd Test

Last updated on: August 06, 2017 20:02 IST

Saturday's incident occurred in the 58th over when Jadeja, after fielding off his own bowling, threw the ball back at Dimuth Karunaratne who had not left his crease.

India's Ravindra Jadeja fined 50 per cent of his match fee and received three demerit points for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee and received three demerit points for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended for the Pallekele Test 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.

According to a statement from the International Cricket Council, during the third day's play in the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday, August 5, 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, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match'.

Saturday's incident occurred on the final delivery of the 58th over when Jadeja, after fielding off his own bowling, threw the ball back at the batsman who had not left his crease.

The umpires deemed the throwing 'in a dangerous manner' as it narrowly missed Dimuth Karunaratne.

Jadeja admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Match Referee Richie Richardson.

The charge was laid by umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker, third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge.

All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.

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.

Following this suspension, the six demerit points will remain on Jadeja's disciplinary record.

If Jadeja reaches the next threshold of eight or more demerit points within a 24 month period, then they will be converted into four suspension points.

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