India cricket team all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was fined 50 percent of his match fee and also received three demerit points after he was found guilty of running on the danger area of the pitch despite several warnings.
The incident happened during the final session on Day 2 of the ongoing third Test between India and New Zealand in Indore. Jadeja kept infringing the protected area of the pitch and had even received two informal warnings and one official one. A fourth such offence meant that he had to face the charges levelled by the match officials, which he accepted. Jadeja’s offence also meant that India were docked five runs as a penalty.
“Jadeja was found to have breached Article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘causing avoidable damage to the pitch during an international match’,” an ICC release stated.
“In accordance with Article 7.3 of the revised Code, which came into effect on 22 September, in addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of Article 2.2.11, three demerit points have been added to Jadeja’s disciplinary record,” the release added.
The demerit points, which came into effect from September 22, will remain with a player for two years. In Jadeja’s case, one more demerit point within a 24-month period would be converted into two suspension points, which then would force him to miss one or more matches. The ICC rule states that two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, following the end of the second day’s play, urged the umpires to be extra careful when it comes to running on danger areas, especially on subcontinent pitches which tend to crumble sooner.
“In countries where the wickets deteriorate like this, the umpires have to be very decisive around how they look after the middle of the wicket. There are rules in place and they need to stick to those,” Hesson said.