Delhi v Rest of India, Irani Cup, Vadodara

Delhi lodge complaint against Munaf


Munaf Patel: in the hot seat again © AFP
 

Delhi have lodged an official complaint against Munaf Patel for use of abusive language during the current Irani Cup tie against Rest of India in Vadodara. The complaint was filed with Rajinder Jadeja, the match referee, on Friday.

"Virender Sehwag has lodged an official written complaint today with regards to an incident that occurred on Thursday", said Jadeja, who will meet the players in question along with the team captains tomorrow morning. A verdict is expected immediately.

Immediately into his first over of the game Munaf exchanged words with Aakash Chopra and Virender Sehwag after he went for eight runs off the first three balls. Throughout the rest of his nine-over spell Munaf frequently exchanged words with various batsmen and at one point umpire Shavir Tarapore went up to Anil Kumble, the Rest of India captain, to caution Munaf after which Kumble had a few words with the bowler.

This is not the first time Munaf has been caught in such a situation. During the ODI series in Sri Lanka this summer he was fined 75% of his match fee by Chris Broad, the match referee, for breach of the ICC Code of Conduct. Munaf was found to have breached clause 2.8 of the Code which refers to "using language that is obscene, offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player, umpire, referee, team official or spectator."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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