Bangalore, Feb 7: India paceman Praveen Kumar has run into trouble, again. The right-arm bowler was involved in an on-field spat with an opposition batsman and his actions have resulted in the Match Referee describing him "mentally unfit" to play the game.
The incident occurred during BCCI's Corporate Trophy tournament on February 4, "DNA" newspaper reported on Thursday (February 7). It was a match between ONGC and Income Tax in Raipur.
Playing for ONGC, the 26-year-old Praveen was reported to have abused batsman Ajitesh Argal and also used "violent physical contact" against him.
On-field umpires Umpires Ajit S Datar and Kamlesh Sharma have charged him with ‘Code of Conduct' violation under clause 2.2.8, DNA reported.
Match Referee Dhananjay Singh, in his report has deemed Praveen as "mentally unfit."
According to DNA, the umpires letter to BCCI says Praveen used bad language.
"He (Kumar) shouted, ‘M******** tu batting kar, umpiring maat kar (you just bat, don't have to be an umpire)'."
"When ordered to stop it, he repeated, ‘Woh m******** batting kyon nahin karta (why doesn't he simply bat?)'"
"After bowling the first ball, Praveen Kumar advanced aggressively towards the striker and made violent physical contact with him, head-butting and chest-butting the striker," according to the newspaper.
This is not the first time Praveen has had troubles with players and also spectators. He has a history of such problems. He had beaten up a doctor in Meerut and was also involved in a spat with spectators in West Indies and England.
Praveen, known for his swing bowling, has been out of the Indian team since last year. His was last seen in India colours in Asia Cup in March, 2011. He has played six Tests, 68 One Day Internationals and 10 Twenty20 Internationals.
The Uttar Pradesh bowler will soon be seen in IPL 6. He plays for Kings XI Punjab. IPL 6 starts on April 3.