Butcher may face sanctions for Perera comments

Published: Friday, June 7, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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London: England batsman Mark Butcher is set to come before the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) within the next two weeks as it decides what sanctions he should face after saying Sri Lanka left-arm seamer Ruchira Perera threw during the first Test at Lord's. Butcher's remarks, which appeared in his local newspaper column, are being investigated by the ECB's discipline and standing committee for a breach of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Code of Conduct. The ECB originally imposed a fine on Butcher, believed to be around 1,500 Pounds ($ 2,205). However, Butcher has chosen not to pay up. While he could still escape with a reprimand Butcher now faces the prospect of more severe punishments including either a maximum fine of 2,000 Pounds ($ 2,940 dollars) or a suspension of up to five playing days. Australia wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist was recently reprimanded by his own board for saying Muralitharan "chucked". Meanwhile left-handed batsman Butcher, 29, has said he is no more than "50-50" for next week's third Test at Old Trafford. A scan on his injured knee on Wednesday ruled out acute cartilage damage but Butcher, who scored a century in the first Test and 94 in the second has been told he will require surgery at some stage. However, his specialist has told him he does not need an immediate operation. "The damage is in the joint between the two bones and it needs to be cleared up. So if I played in the next Test I would have it done in the break between this series and the Test series that follows with India," Butcher said.

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