Dambulla: Kyle Mills was prevented from bowling for 30 minutes for breach of Law 17.1, a law which was not known by the player himself during the fourth match of the Tri-series on Friday in Dambulla.
The incident happened right in the start of 39th over, when New Zealand captain summoned Mills for a second spell of the Sri Lankan innings, Mills bowled a warm-up delivery that bounced right on the match pitch which is not allowed according to Law 17.1, forcing umpire Asad Raud and Tyron Wijewardena to step in keep him off the bowling spell for 30 minutes.
Among other things, Law 17.1 states: “The use of the square for practice on any day of any match will be restricted to any netted practice area or bowling strips specifically prepared on the edge of the square for that purpose."
“In hindsight, it"s funny, but it wasn"t funny then," Kiwi skipper Ross Taylor told newsmen. “Kyle bowled a warm-up ball with BJ Watling coming in. I saw it land on the popping crease. Mills wasn"t aware of the rule.
“We had a similar situation in a warm-up game last year when Chris Martin did a similar thing. I am not sure where the rules say 30 minutes, but I think Chris was off for an hour. But I must say we were lucky.
“Obviously, Kyle being our best bowler and he could have only been able to bowl seven overs. But Kyle won"t do that again" Taylor said.