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Wavell Hinds banned for calendar year

Published: Monday, August 6, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Jamaica's senior cricket captain Wavell Hinds has been banned for the remaining calendar year by Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), after he was found guilty of verbally abusing umpires during a Super Cup match between June 23-24 at Kensington Park.

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Jamaica: Jamaica's senior cricket captain Wavell Hinds has been banned for the remaining calendar year by Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), after he was found guilty of verbally abusing umpires during a Super Cup match between June 23-24 at Kensington Park.

On-field umpires Errington Malcolm and Desmond Edwards subsequently filed an official complaint. On July 27, the Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Justice Howard Cooke and attorneys, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour Tony Irons, and the informal chaplin of the JCA, Rev Selvin Watson, found Hinds guilty of infringement, according to Jamaica's Sunday Observer.

The 30-year-old has the right to an appeal which must be filed ''within 14 days'', first vice-president of the JCA Paul Campbell said.

However, the local governing body has yet to receive an appeal from the player, who has been captainig the side for the past three seasons.

When contacted by the Sunday Observer, the JCA's Honorary Secretary Milton Henry did not confirm or deny Hinds' ban, but conceded 'there was a hearing' on July 27, involving the player.

The Windies opener was captaining Kensington Cricket Club against Trelawny Parish at Kensington Park, where he allegedly verbally abused the officials.

Hinds could not be reached for a comment.

The duration of the ban, if an expected appeal is unsuccessful, could significantly affect the stuttering career of the -handed batsman, who last represented the West Indies in the triangular One-Day International series against Australia in India in November 2006.

With the regional cricket season tentatively set to begin later this year (October), Hinds would be ineligible for selection to the national team until next January, should the ban stand.

His close friend Chris Gayle or Tamar Lambert are the likely contenders to replace Hinds as Jamaica captain.

Hinds has played 45 Tests and 114 ODIs for West Indies till now.

UNI

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