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August 3, 2011
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He was handed three penalty points by the ECB, but his county have gone a step further and withdrawn him from their squad to face Northamptonshire in the CB40.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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