Margao, Feb 20: Paceman S Sreesanth has run into trouble again. The temperamental bowler has been banned by the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) for two matches for a Level 2 offence while playing the South Zone One Day Tournament for Subbaiah Pillai Trophy here.
Sreesanth breached the code of conduct during Kerala's match against Tamil Nadu at Margao Cricket Club (MCC) ground on Monday (February 18) and subsequently he was handed a two-match suspension by the match referee KK Sharma after consulting on-field umpires Arun Kumar Basa and Adil Palia.
The action was taken after Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik handed a written complaint to the match referee after he was in the firing line of Sreesanth.
Sreesanth was also found guilty of arguing with one of the on-field umpires.
When Karthik was batting, Sreesanth targeted him. In one of his 11 overs, he bowled two bouncers which were sent to the fence. Then few legspin deliveries were attempted and finally had him dismissed caught by Rohan Prem.
Even after getting his wicket, Sreesanth had words to say to Karthik. The wicket-keeper-batsman scored 73 while Sreesanth had bowling figures of 2/83.
National selector Roger Binny, who was at the venue watching the proceedings, will certainly be not impressed with Sreesanth's behaviour.
Following the suspension, Sreesanth missed Kerala's final game against Goa on Wednesday. Kerala won the match by six wickets and finished second behind Karnataka. Kerala qualified for the all-India Vijay Hazare Trophy for the first time.
In recent times, Sreesanth is the second bowler to be suspended after Praveen Kumar, who was found guilty of abusing opposition batsman in BCCI Corporate Trophy. Praveen was deemed "mentally unfit" to play the game by match referee.