Ball-tampering charges against Jitendra Patil dropped
Maharashtra Under-22 seamer Jitendra Patil, who was reported for ball tampering in a CK Nayudu Trophy match, has been cleared while his team-mate Ganesh Kukade was found guilty of the charge. Ajay Shirke, the Maharashtra Cricket Association chief confirmed to Hindustan Times that Kukade had been fined 60% of his match fees.
On Wednesday, the penultimate day of the game against Uttar Pradesh, the umpires had reported Patil of applying cream on the ball, leading to a protest from the Maharashtra team that proclaimed his innocence and pointed fingers at Kukade. Match referee Harvinder Sodhi had put off his decision until Thursday evening, after the end of the match. Following a close inspection of video replays, Sodhi vindicated the Maharashtra team's stand and charged Kukade with ball tampering, while dropping the complaint against Patil.
Maharashtra won the game by an innings and 13 runs.