India news October 13, 2009

Sreesanth issued 'final warning' by BCCI

Cricinfo staff

Indian fast bowler Sreesanth has been given a final warning by the BCCI that he will be suspended from domestic cricket if he violates the code of conduct again.

Sreesanth, who has had disciplinary issues in domestic and international cricket, was recently fined 60% of his Irani Cup match fees for using offensive language against Mumbai's Dhawal Kulkarni.

Following the incident, the BCCI sent a letter to the Kerala Cricket Association secretary TC Mathews issuing the warning to Sreesanth. "You are hereby given a final warning to ensure that you do not violate the BCCI Code of Conduct. Any repetition of such behavior will be dealt with severely by the BCCI including suspension from domestic cricket matches."

Sreesanth, who had not seen the letter, said he did not want to get into trouble and wanted people to talk of his bowling performances. "I have tried my best to stay calm and cool on the field and that incident involving Kulkarni was an exception," Sreesanth told Daily News & Analysis. "I want to play as many games as I can and really don't want to get involved in such incidents."

Allan Donald, the former South African fast bowler, recently said Sreesanth needed to change his habits if he still wanted to play for India.

Sreesanth has already been in the dock in the past for his publicised spat with Harbhajan Singh during the IPL and various other run-ins with opposition and umpires. During this Irani Cup, apart from his stand-off with Kulkarni, he was also involved in an exchange of words with Ramesh Powar.

Both were seen taunting each other but Sreesanth later said it was just a friendly joust with his IPL team-mate and that neither of them crossed the line.