West Indies v South Africa, 3rd Test, Barbados July 10, 2010

Benn suspended for antics in third Test

Cricinfo staff

Sulieman Benn, the West Indies left-arm spinner, has been suspended for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third Test against South Africa in Barbados last month. South Africa had asked the ICC to take disciplinary action against him last week following his altercation with fast bowler Dale Steyn on the third day of the Test.

Benn pleaded guilty to a Level 2 breach of the code and was penalised by match referee Jeff Crowe. His previous disciplinary troubles means he now faces a ban of one Test or two ODIs or two Twenty20s, whichever comes first.

The incident took place during lunch on the third day at the Kensington Oval when Benn barged into the South African dressing room and taunted some of the players and management. This followed the dismissal of Steyn a few overs before lunch when the fast bowler appeared to spit in the direction of Benn as he walked towards the pavilion. That cost Steyn his entire match fee, though the match referee agreed that Benn had provoked Steyn in the overs leading up to his dismissal.

"Whatever had gone on before Sulieman entered the Proteas' dressing room, while helping to explain his behaviour, cannot justify it," Crowe said. "Clearly, Sulieman has acted inappropriately here and in a way that is contrary to the spirit of cricket."

Benn has had behavioural issues over the past year, including a dust-up with Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin during the Perth Test in December, which earned him a two-ODI ban. He was fined his full match fee by the West Indies management last month after he was ordered off the field by captain Chris Gayle for failing to follow his instructions during the fourth ODI against South Africa.

His spat with Steyn was not the only ugly incident in an ill-tempered final Test in Barbados. Fast bowler Kemar Roach lost half his match fee after a run-in with Jacques Kallis during the closing stages of the match. He repeatedly walked up to and exchanged words with the batsman after testing him with a series of bouncers. The stand-off threatened to escalate and required the intervention of the umpires and West Indies fielders to come under control.

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  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    why would u spit at someone what message are u sending

  • Ravi on July 12, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    this is just another classic example of who holds the power in world cricket - dayle steyn is south african - not too long ago south africa were outcasts in world cricket and everyone knows why - now lets examine steyn's behavior in light of that - then let's look at the fact that steyn unleashes a barrage of verbal garbage littered with profanity that is so clear as day to discern that you can make out exactly some of the wonderful words that he uses by just looking at his mouth moving on the television screen...and the icc is angered by roach having a few exchanges at the south african batsmen? - does the icc feel that the south african team is all macho when it comes to giving out the treatment but are oh so sensitive and ladylike when it comes to taking the treatment? - this is absolute rubbish....

  • Shiva on July 12, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Benn's behaviour is a reflection if Gayle's captaincy and his inability to lead or instill discipline in the team.

  • david on July 12, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Benn shold not take part anymore in cricket. Try boxing maybe

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    It is a shame that there are those who cannot respond to issues presented without seeking to insult others. I feel sorry for such persons. My point was: yes there may be racial bias in cricket, but to be quick to judge every decision on the basis of race is not the way to analyze issues. Intelligent analysis demands that all the facts are carefully examined. Both Benn and Steyn were wrong. Do the facts show that they were both culpable to the same degree? If there is a problem with the inequity of the punishment, deal with that. If I am idiotic for expressing such a view then that's OK.

  • Nat on July 11, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    @Denzilbez: Your last sentence, goes withoout saying!!!!!!!!!! I take it you would be quite happy if someone spat at you. I doubt that very much.

    I only wished that the WICB had the balls to back their players as they should, but we all knoow that will not hapen. They will simply lap their tails etween their legs and let it slide as they do with everything else, (the spineless bunch of MUPPETS that they are). Some of you do not believe that there is a race issue to this, I don't agree, what other explanation can ther be to justify the inconsistant way in which the ICC levels punishments at players from certain parts of the world as apose to others. I have read comments that Roach should have respected Kallis and bowled that way to him. Who the hell is Kallis? As the saying goes, if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Roach should have nocked his block off.

  • Cameron on July 11, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Just lol @ all the people playing the race card, so typical. Face it, Benn is a muppet. He has very, very poor sportsmanship and is a very aggressive and immature individual who's always looking for a brawl. Spitting semi near the direction of someone after being provoked and entering the opposition changerooms and taunting/threatening members of the opposition team are completely different offences. Benn should've been banned for even more games for such an offense, let alone the fact he's a repeat offender. Good to see that Australia wasn't involved in this one as you'd all just blame the "big bad aussies" for provoking poor little Benn, like last time. Face it, he's a rogue and needs to grow up. Keep up the good work ICC.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Though, I am not a great fan of Kallis or Styen when it comes to Sportmanship, I still believe this is a good decision. Please for god sake, dont talk of racial bias. Cricket is considered to be a getleman's game and ICC must take action against any action which is against the spirit of game.

    Players like Benn should learn from the likes of Sachin Ttendulkar or Vittory.

  • Anand on July 11, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    I believe it has a lot to do with the fact that Asians are generally (exceptions do exist) not very good at mocking or sledging in English. They are superb at it Hindi/Urdu/Tamil/Sinhala/Bengali but these are not the languages of international cricket. And culturally too its just not in the blood (and I suspect WI is the same here). The Windies can easily give back just as good as they get of course, but they generally will not. Umpires are immunized to comments from Aus, Eng, NZ and SA (which they would see as friendly banter or acceptable sledging) but when the others try it, it sounds hostile, probably because it is voiced with a bit of frustration and vehemence but little malice.As an Asian, I am not going to try and gain any brownie points and blame the windies because I believe, prima facie, that a wrong has been done against Benn. If someone spat at me, I could not have put my riposte better than Benn.

  • Nat on July 11, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    We all know that Ben has serious behavioral problems which I believe stems from the fact that he believes he is much better than he really is. HE REALLY NEEDS TO SORT OUTT HIS ATTITUDE. (He deserves his punishment). However, I have a massive problem with the double standards of the ICC, and those of you who do not see the double standards, take off your blinkers. Let me give you just three examples of bowlers who were constantly getting in batsmen's' faces. Glen McGrath had something to say to the batsman virtually after every ball he bowled, (remember his reaction when he made a comment to Sawan and got a response he didn't like). So too did Andre Nel and now Stewart Broad is going down that same route. These men are not shown up as the bullies they were/are, but held up as great examples of those who play the game tough. There has been many others long before those mentioned, Remember when Denis Lilly Kicked Javed Meandad? The ICC is bias in it's judgments and needs to get a grip.

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