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Saturday, February 28 2004 15:50 Hrs (IST)
Rayudu was handed a one-match ban by ICC match referee John Morrison on charges of excessive time wasting in the super league game against Sri Lanka on February 26.
The match referee's ruling means the batsman would now have to watch the semi-final clash from the sidelines and hope his team to win so that he could play the final.
The Indian captain was reported by Brian Jerling and Billy Doctrove, the umpires for the Sri Lanka game, under provision C2 of the Code of Conduct, for a Level 2 misdemeanour that brought the game into disrepute.
Morrison's ruling followed a meeting attended by Rayudu, Indian manager Dr Ram Babu Gupta and both umpires last evening.
"The umpires reported the player after he failed to respond to a number of warnings relating to time wasting," Morrison said afterwards. "In this instance, I endorsed the view that his conduct brought the game into disrepute and the appropriate penalty is a one-match suspension."
The charge against Rayudu was related to excessive time-wasting in the opening overs of the Sri Lankan innings when they got off to an explosive start chasing India's 316.
In the first 50 minutes, India bowled just eight overs, with Rayudu changing his field often, and consulting with his bowlers at length. Rayudu cannot appeal against the ruling since there is no right of appeal for a Level 2 offence.
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