County news May 28, 2010

Surrey ban Andre Nel for two matches

Cricinfo staff

Surrey have suspended Andre Nel, the former South Africa fast bowler, for two matches following continued on-pitch controversies. He had already received a two-game ban from the ECB this season but his county have now felt the need to take their own action.

Nel has always been a fiery character on the field and blames it on his alter-ego called 'Gunter'. The latest incidents occurred during this week's Championship victory against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road when he reportedly threw the ball towards Niall O'Brien.

Nel appeared before an internal hearing on Friday where he was found guilty of a level two breach of the ECB code. He has also been fined £5,000 pounds with half of that suspended for the remainder of his Surrey contract.

"The way we conduct ourselves on and off the field is of utmost importance to us and breaches like this can't go unpunished," said Gus Mackay, Surrey's managing director. "We have to be firm and consistent in our stance regarding improper behaviour that can bring the club and game into disrepute."

Nel's ban covers the County Championship matches against Glamorgan and Leicestershire.

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  • dummy4fb on June 2, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    I wonder if Nel views fines and bans much as some delinquents view ASBOs - as a badge of honour.

    Still, I find him more entertaining than some of the films currently in cinemas.

  • yorvik on May 28, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    All well and good banning Andre for two matches but wouldn't it be better to ban this Gunter chap for life? He seems to be the one causing the problems. Two in every one bowlers need help!

  • OmarBK on May 28, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    he thinks too high of himself. i think he is delusional. he has the skills of a club-bowler and ego of alan donald.

  • SettingSun on May 28, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    He's an absolute liability, to be honest. His antics are completely ridiculous, they aren't funny, and they are an embarrassment to the teams he has played for. And he's not a particularly brilliant bowler, either. Surrey would be better off rid of him.

  • boris6491 on May 28, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    It seems he has crossed the line to such an extent that even has own team punish him. I was never impressed with his antics despite being a talented bowler. How you conduct yourself is reflective of your temperament and ability to perform under pressure and unfortunately Andre Nel receives very low marks in that category. There is a fine line between aggression and play which is not in the spirit of the game and his actions even when playing for SA seemed to constantly be on the wrong side of the line. He was fortunate not to be reprimanded that much at that time but it is honestly embarrassing that his own club has slapped a fairly heavy punishment on him. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for him to have a thought about his behaviour on the field.

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