India news March 18, 2013

'I have learnt how to control my anger' - Praveen

ESPNcricinfo staff

Praveen Kumar, the India seamer, has expressed regret and guilt over the episode that resulted in him being suspended by the BCCI for all matches run by the board. That suspension was revoked by the BCCI earlier this month after Praveen was given a stern warning.

"It was wrong on my part," Praveen told PTI. "The episode should not have happened. I regret it now."

Praveen had breached the the players' code of conduct in a Corporate Trophy match on February 4. Representing ONGC, Praveen had hurled abuses an opposition batsman, Ajitesh Argal, from Income Tax, which was followed by a suspension on February 10, a show cause-notice issued by the board, and a 100% penalty of his match fees.

"I have learnt how to control my anger," he said. "I need to be cautious while expressing my emotions on the field. It happens sometimes when things do not go your way. I have moved on from that incident as it's history for me now. It won't happen again."

Praveen said some of his Uttar Pradesh team-mates help him out from time to time. "I have with me four-five Uttar Pradesh team-mates who always advise me on what is right or wrong for me," he said. "Sudeep Tyagi, Tanmay Srivastava and Suresh Raina create a homely environment for me and their advice has always helped me a lot."

After the suspension was revoked, Praveen represented Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy semi-final in which he took 2 for 28 in seven overs, but in a losing cause. He is currently playing the domestic T20 tournament - the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - for Uttar Pradesh and picked up 3 for 22 against Railways on Sunday.