Ravindra Jadeja, who produced a stellar performance for India in the just concluded Colombo Test has been suspended for the upcoming Pallekele Test after he breached article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct. It relates to “throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match.”
On the final delivery of the 58th over on Saturday, Jadeja threw the ball back at the batsman (Dimuth Karunaratne) despite him standing firmly in his crease, after the left arm spinner fielded the ball off his own bowling. The on-field umpires deemed the throwing “in a dangerous manner” as it narrowly missed Karunaratne. Jadeja admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson, without there being any need of a formal hearing.
However, Jadeja’s ban is not for this breach of conduct in isolation, but for an accumulation of breaches within the last 24 months. His accumulated demerit points reached six within a 24-month period following the incident, for which he received a 50 per cent fine of his match fees, and three demerit points.
The next Test will be played in Pallekele from 12-16 August, and India will surely miss the variety and consistency that Jadeja offers with his left-arm spin.