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Praveen suspended from Vijay Hazare Trophy

Amol Karhadkar

February 10, 2013

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Praveen Kumar, the India seamer, has been suspended for the one-day zonal league, the preliminary stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The decision comes days after he was fined 100% of his match fees for a serious breach of the players' code of conduct during a Corporate Trophy match last week.

"Praveen Kumar has been issued a show cause notice by the Board," BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement on Sunday. "He has been suspended from participating in the forthcoming inter-state Vijay Hazare Trophy matches."

Though the BCCI, in its trademark style, didn't explain the reason for issuing the notice to Praveen, a BCCI insider confirmed that the suspension is following "the Corporate Trophy incident".

Praveen had verbally abused Income Tax batsman Ajitesh Argal while playing for Oil and Natural Gas Limited in Raipur on February 4. Since it was Praveen's second serious offence, including a Level Four offence, match referee Dhananjay Singh had not only fined Praveen his entire match fee but had also referred the matter to the BCCI.

"Since Praveen is a centrally contracted player, such behaviour, if ignored, will send out wrong signals to the aspiring cricketers," a BCCI official, who did not want to be named, told ESPNcricinfo. "Depending on his reply, it will be decided whether the matter will be pursued further." It was understood that Praveen has been asked to submit his reply within seven days.

Praveen had been expected to continue his comeback bid during the zonal one-dayers after missing most of UP's Ranji Trophy campaign due to a recurrence of a tennis elbow injury. However, his suspension from the Central Zone league, to be played in Indore from February 14 to 20, will not only delay an assessment of his recovery from the injury but will also be a blow to UP's hopes for making it to the knockouts. The top two teams from each zone qualify for the national knockouts.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by UglyIndian on (February 11, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

So, of all people, he chooses a guy who works with the Income Tax department? He better have declared all his assets, and his form 16 ready.

Posted by Gilliana on (February 11, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

@Francis Saldhana, you could have come down to one exemplary cricketer and that is Amla. I am a great admirer not only of his talent but also the way he carries himself as a human being. He is pious in as much as he is courteous and humble to those around him.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

The BCCI has, for once, taken the right decision. Indiscipline should not be tolerated at any cost. The board should make an example of Praveen Kumar. He has to play hard and bowl as best he can to get back to Indian team. I do admire his aggressive bowling strategy but please do not display this rowdy behavior in public. It brings down the entire game and definitely sets a bad example to youngsters who are looking for role models. The example set /being set by cricketing greats like Tendulkar, Dravid, Gavaskar, Holding, Amla, Gower, Nassir Hussain, Chanderpaul and (now) Sammy. (Pity that one cannot include Virat Kohli or Harbajhan in the above set)

Posted by roversgate on (February 10, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

I hope this is not the start of another player never getting selected for the national team because the BCCI is not happy with his behaviour. P. Kumar was unnecessarily dropped from the limited overs sides where he should be leading the bowling attack at this point and ushering in an easier time for newer bowlers like Bhuvnesh Kumar and Shami Ahmed. Hope PK is back for the next ODI tour, he has done too well to be ignored.

Posted by Webba84 on (February 10, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

@torsha - Yeah, unnecessary agression against other peoples countrymen is so much better...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Praveen is generally a mild-mannered man. This must have been a outburst, largely unintended. He should quickly apologise and water down the incident before the BCCI metes out very harsh treatment. His place in the team is very uncertain. Kumar and Ahmed have proven to be great new finds. Now is not the time for Praveen to act like a super-star.

Posted by ArmChairUmpire on (February 10, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

I support the point of view that " Indiscipline should not be tolerated at any cost". I support the position taken by the BCCI. Yes, play hard and bowl the best you can but please do not display this rowdy behaviour in public. It brings down the entire game and definitely sets a bad example to youngsters who are looking for role models. Two pointers to the Praveen Kumars of this world: [1] Look at the example set /being set by cricketing greats like Tendulkar, Dravid, Gavaskar, Holding, Amla, Gower, Nasir Hussain, Chanderpaul and (now) Sammy. (Pity that one cannot include Virat Kohli or Harbajhan in the above set) [2] If you cannot get effective counseling, please do not turn up to play cricket. Find something else to do.

Posted by OffStumpLine on (February 10, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Not from the Vijay Hazare trophy, he should be banned from the IPL. Only then will the message be heard loud and clear! Indiscipline of this sort should be dealt strongly and decisively!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

The BCCI has, for once, taken the right decision. Indiscipline should not be tolerated at any cost. The board should make an example of Praveen Kumar.

Posted by torsha on (February 10, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Why unnecessary aggression towards our country men? The aggression needs to be shown when you play International matches and take wickets.

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