County cricket August 3, 2011

Ramprakash angry at Surrey ban

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mark Ramprakash has expressed disappointment at the one-match suspension he has been handed by Surrey, following his reaction to being given out obstructing the field against Gloucestershire last week.

The controversial incident occurred when Ramprakash was ruled to have impeded Gloucestershire's Ian Saxelby, as he attempted to gather a throw at the bowler's end, with the batsmen attempting a tight second run. The umpires, George Sharp and Nigel Llong, gave the decision and Ramprakash was far from happy and returned to the field to remonstrate with the officials.

He was handed three penalty points by the ECB, but his county have gone a step further and withdrawn him from their squad to face Northamptonshire in the CB40.

"VERY disappointed to b banned for 1 game given the circumstances," Ramprakash said on Twitter. "I dont agree with the umpires interpretation of what happened or rule."

Richard Gould, the Surrey chief executive, said: "Mark regrets his action in returning to discuss the matter with the umpires, and accepts the imposition of a one match ban, in addition to the automatic three point penalty as part of the ECB disciplinary process. The ECB has confirmed that the case is now closed."

Ramprakash's dismissal was just the 22nd occasion in first-class cricket that a batsman had been given out obstructing the field.

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  • Alan on August 6, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    This latest incident will not help Ramps' efforts to bury his old "Bloodaxe" image. From reading his autobiography "Simply Mark", I got the sense that the mere existence of Ramps' reputation for having a temper is such a source of frustration to him that it leaves him to get wound up and involved in still further incidents. In this light one wonders why he still bothers playing county cricket at his age with about as many first-class runs and centuries as Don Bradman under his best. What is there left for him to prove? Ramps must have quite some appetite for the game.

  • Chatty on August 5, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Good one, Mike Knott! Yep, that should be the norm now. But I wonder what will happen if you do that ON THE FEILD (I.e., ask opposite captain to witdraw). I am sure you will get in to trouble.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    its unfair on such a cricket legend of english county cricket

  • Martin on August 4, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Any video footage of the incident?

  • Clive on August 3, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Disappointed in Ramps. Who cares whether you agree with them or not, just do what the umpires say.

  • muhammed on August 3, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Ramps I am on your side. Ridiculous for your club to ban you. Umpires have picked on you! I don't want to go further on this but I bet given your a ability I am sure as younhave grown playing cricket in England you must have come across these jealous useless people who want to get back. Surprising though given your seniority etc. I am Pakistan supporter who has always admired your talent. Ignore and keep playing. Riaz

  • Dimuthu on August 3, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    embarrassing... such a diva!

  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Your captain should have gone into the change room and asked the opposition captain to withdraw the appeal. (Like someone else did)

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