India news February 2, 2016

MP drop allrounder for allegedly killing black buck

ESPNcricinfo staff

Madhya Pradesh have dropped Rameez Khan from their Ranji Trophy squad after the allrounder was arrested for allegedly killing a black buck in the state's Sagar district.

Rameez was named in Madhya Pradesh's squad to play Bengal in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal in Mumbai on February 3. "We have not selected Rameez for the Ranji squad as he is not available because he is jail in connection with the alleged killing of a black buck," said Milind Kanmadikar, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association's secretary.

Rameez, his father Mehmood Khan, and two other associates were arrested under the Wildlife Protection Act on January 10. Remains of the animal, a rifle, few live cartridges and a knife were found in their possession. Mehmood is currently a member of the MPCA's Under-23 selection committee, and has also played first-class cricket for Madhya Pradesh.

Sagar district's Divisional Forest Officer, Dr Shivprasad Tiwari told DNA that the four associates were under judicial custody and their bail pleas were rejected by the court. He also said that he had written a letter to MPCA about the case but the association has not yet taken any action against the father or son.

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