Jadeja banned for final Test against Sri Lanka


India’s Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended for the third Test against Sri Lanka after his accumulated demerit points reached six within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.

The left-am spinner, who went past 150 Test wickets and picked up the man of the match award in India’s victory in the second Test in Colombo, was fined 50 percent of his match fee for an incident on the third day of play and received three demerit points.

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.”

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

Jadeja admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by ICC Match Referee Richie Richardson and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

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.

India already have an unassailable two-nil ahead of the final Test of the series.