India news February 9, 2013

BCCI to take call on Praveen's conduct breach

India seamer Praveen Kumar, who is on the comeback trail after missing most of the Ranji season due to the recurrence of a tennis elbow injury, could be in trouble for a "serious" breach of the players' code of conduct in a Corporate Trophy game. The BCCI is expected to decide on what action, if any, is to be taken against him next week.

On February 4, Praveen had sworn at an opposition batsman while playing for Oil and Natural Gas Limited (ONGC) in the Corporate Trophy: he hurled swear words at Income Tax batsman Ajitesh Argal despite the on-field umpires warning him. The umpires subsequently charged him for a code of conduct breach and match referee Dhananjay Singh found him guilty on two counts.

According to the match referee's report, which is in possession of ESPNcricinfo, Praveen pleaded guilty on both charges, under clause 2.2.8 and 2.4.2. "As per the BCCI guidelines, the penalty imposed for the offence is a 100% fine of the match fee under Level-2 (for repeating the offence within 12 months) and a serious warning not to indulge in such acts in future. For the other offence, you are charged during the same ball. The matter has been referred to chief administrative office [CAO] of the BCCI for further action, since it is charged under Level-4," Dhananjay Singh wrote in his report, which was submitted to the BCCI.

As per the BCCI procedures, after the report has been submitted, the CAO is supposed to take a call on the matter within seven days. So, Ratnakar Shetty is expected to decide on how the case will move forward during the coming week. If Praveen, who is contracted with the BCCI, is found guilty, he could be banned for up to four matches.

"Whatever the action or decision will be, the board won't discuss it in public," a BCCI official said.

Besides submitting the report, Dhananjay Singh has also written a letter to BCCI's game development manager, KVP Rao, questioning Praveen's mental condition. He wrote: "I would like to report to you that at present Mr Praveen Kumar is not in a mental frame to play the game. He is very aggressive and gets hostile with little trigger. He is very abusive and passes very filthy comments to his own team-mates, opponents and even to spectators. During the first match also (ONGC v CAG on February 1) he had a spat with spectators at the international stadium in Raipur. It was told to me by the other match referee Mr Prakash Bhatt. Even his own team-mates are keeping some distance from him."

The episode highlighted Praveen's tendency to lose his temper frequently. In 2008, he had allegedly come to blows with a doctor during a fracas in Meerut, his hometown. During India's tour to the West Indies in 2011, Praveen was involved in a spat with spectators in Port of Spain. Soon after, during the series in England where he proved his worth as a Test bowler, he had reacted angrily to fans' taunts during a tour game in Northamptonshire.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sarobar on February 10, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    List of pace Bowlers who have made test debut in last 5 years: R Vinay Kumar - 1 wkt @ avg 73.00 V Aaron - 3 wkt @ avg 43.00 U Yadav - 32 wkt @ avg 32.50 P Kumar - 27 wkt @ avg 25.81 J Unadkat - 0 wkt A Mithun - 9 wkt @ avg 50.66 Yet had Yadav & Aaron not been injured they would have walked straight into the XI, Mithun & Vinay Kumar find themselves in ROI and India A teams respectively. Now look at poor Praveen. Do you not find his reaction to be obvious. BCCI needs to take care of such a talented bowler, and not dish out punishments or penalties to him. I agree with ramli that he needs a sports psychologist.

  • Unmesh on February 9, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Something is weird. I haven't seen Praveen being so abusive or aggressive when playing for India. He had occasional bursts of aggression, but he didn't cross the line as much as let's say Sreesanth. I am not trying to defend him, but it is possible that he may be going through a tough time in his personal life which may reflecting on the field. I genuinely hope that Praveen sorts this out. Praveen Kumar with the new ball, swinging it both ways, is one of the better sights in cricket. He is a genuine swing bowler. During the disastrous England tour, he was one of the bright spots. I hope the BCCI does not shut the door on him and gives him a chance to sort things out.

  • Deepak on February 9, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @Humayoun Ahmed Khan.. There's no questioning PK's ability as a bowler. Compare him with Pakistani fast bowlers of the same period and you'll know for yourself that bowling QUICK isn't gonna make you a GREAT bowler.

    Praveen: 27 wkts in 6 Tests @25 avg

    Riaz: 17 wkts in 7 Tests @34 avg

    Cheema: 20 wkts in 7 Tests @32 avg

    Junaid: 29 wkts in 9 Tests @28 avg

  • dennis on February 9, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    this just proves that knowing a bit of bowling and batting wont make you a cricketer u need to be educated and cultured .If people like him play cricket it wont be called Gentlemen's game but WWE. Sometime sucess goes to the head too soon and before one realises it has already destroyed you. People like Virat, Sehwag realised it early in their careers but still both of them need to be reminded once a while who they are .

  • Balajee on February 9, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Seems like they've been taxing him too much, LOL !

  • RAJARAMAN on February 9, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    A little bit of aggressive intent adds to the armory of fast bowlers ... only that PK has added only aggression not pace to his bowling ... he was even a decent bat for UP ... sad that such attitude pulls you down so fast that you won't know when you hit the floor ... a case for sports psychologist

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    The saying,"Empty vessels make much noise" is apt in his case.What exactly has he done on the cricket field to have so much attitude?At best he is a medicore swing bowler bowling military medium pace.Imagine bowling the 1st over of a test match with the keeper standing up to the stumps-worst possible insult to the fast bowling greats of the past.In t-20's even a spinner bowls faster than him.He is a big disgrace and with this kind of attitude he might find himself out of the domestic circuit also.Maybe he can go and play in the Bangladesh premier league!!

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Why is this guy Praveen so full of himself? What has he really done on-the-field that makes him think he is the best in the business. Mediocre right-arm medium pacer at best. Even Younis Khan bowls at a quicker pace than him but that's not the debate. My point is why do you have such attitude when you have achieved literally nothing? Found the same problem in B.Kumar's approach (he is a good bowler though), Indian bowlers need to work on their attitude to make the things work in the right direction.

  • narbavi on February 9, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Oh boy, i couldn't believe that he repeated this offence, after the west indies and england tour i was convinced that he would be the leader of our attack after Zaheer, but injuries have plagued his career, but now this has gone bit far, hopefully he learns and comes back stronger!!

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