February 27, 2004

India captain banned for ICC Code of Conduct breach

India U/19 captain Ambati Rayudu will miss India's semi-final of the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup after today being banned for one match for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.

The ban was imposed by ICC Match Referee John Morrison and means that Rayudu will miss the match against Pakistan on 29 February.

Rayudu was reported by umpires Brian Jerling and Billy Doctrove under provision C2 of the ICC Code of Conduct at Level 2 for conduct that brings the game into disrepute.

The charge related to excessive time-wasting in the opening overs of the second innings in India's final group match against Sri Lanka on 26 February. India bowled only eight overs in the first 50 minutes of the Sri Lanka innings.

The decision was taken by Mr Morrison after a hearing attended by Rayudu, India team manager Dr Ram Babu Gupta and both umpires at 9pm on 27 February.

"The umpires reported the player after he failed to respond to a number of warnings relating to time wasting," said Mr Morrison.

"In this instance I endorsed the view that his conduct brought the game into disrepute and the appropriate penalty is a one-match suspension."

The standard ICC Code of Conduct applies to all matches at the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup. The only difference from full international cricket is that the U/19 cricketers cannot be fined for breaching the Code but all other penalties apply.

There is no right of appeal from a Level 2 breach.

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