SuperSport Series 2010/11 October 14, 2010

Bosman earns suspension for abuse of equipment

ESPNcricinfo staff

Loots Bosman, the Nashua Dolphins and South Africa batsman, has been suspended for one match, suspended until the end of the 2010-11 SuperSport Series, following a Cricket South Africa disciplinary hearing into an incident during Dolphins' match against Knights.

Bosman reacted angrily after being bowled by Ryan McLaren for 20 in the first innings of the four-day fixture in Kimblerley, flattening the rest of the stumps with his bat. He was reported by the match officials for an alleged breach of clause 6.2.1 (b) of the code of conduct pertaining to abuse of cricket / ground equipment. He was also considered to have breached clause 1.5.2 in that his behavior was seen as unbecoming or detrimental conduct which could bring CSA or the game of cricket into disrepute.

"As a nationally contracted player, the behaviour of Mr Bosman is unacceptable," CSA disciplinary commissioner Rian Cloete said. "The abuse of cricket / ground equipment has drawn strong criticism from members of the public who watch the game and it constitutes a poor example to youngsters, many of whom model their conduct on what they see. CSA has made it known that infractions of the code will be severely punished.

"I take into account the fact that he admitted to the offence and offered his sincere apology. However, having taken all factors into account, it is important that an effective penalty be imposed," Cloete said.