Gambhir banned for one Test match

Published: Friday, October 31, 2008, 10:50 [IST]
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New Delhi: India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has been banned for one Test match.

Gambhir has been found guilty under Level 2.4 of International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct following a spat with Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on the first day of the third Test match against Australia in New Delhi.

Watson has already been fined 10 per cent of the match fee by match referee Chris Broad.

Gambhir has already scored one double century, one century and two half centuries in this series. Its shocking to note that Watson who first started the quarrel was let off with with 10% match fee fine.

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The issue is likely to be snowballed into a major controversy, thanks to irresponsible and biased hearing of a match referee. While nobody gives Gambhir a clean chit, there is no doubt that punishment meted out to him is harsh as compared to that of Shane Watson.


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