Ball tampering leaves Afridi to 2-game ban

Published: Monday, February 1, 2010, 9:43 [IST]
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Ball biting leaves Afridi to 2-game ban

Perth: Shahid Afridi has been suspended for two Twenty20 internationals after television cameras caught him biting the ball during his side's two-wicket defeat to Australia in Perth.

Afridi, who was leading the side in place of rested captain Mohammad Yousuf, was caught by television cameras putting the ball to his mouth and then appearing to bite the surface.

The all-rounder was caught by television cameras putting the ball in his mouth during a match that the tourists lost by two wickets at the WACA in Perth.

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The third umpire reported the incident to the on-field officials Asoka de Silva and Paul Reiffel, who immediately ordered the ball be replaced.

Afridi pleaded guilty to breaching article 2.2.9 of the International Cricket Council's Code Of Conduct after being charged with "changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket" by on-field umpires Asoka de Silva and Paul Reiffel.

"Shahid, when pleading guilty, apologised and regretted his actions."

Afridi, who captains the Pakistan side in Twenty20 cricket, will miss the match against Australia on February 5 as well as the first of two matches against England in Dubai on February 19.

Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam had earlier admitted Afridi's transgression.

Afridi was previously banned for one Test and two ODIs for damaging the pitch with his boot during a Test match with England in 2005 after attention was diverted by an exploding gas canister.


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