Australia fast bowler banned for derogatory image on pitch

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Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 17:19 [IST]
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Aussie banned for derogatory image

Sydney, Mar 18: An Australian cricketer has been suspended for two matches for a bizarre incident where he "scratched an image of a penis and testicles into a wicket".

In a media release today, Cricket Australia (CA) said it is suspending the 22-year-old Daniel Worrall for breaching the CA Code of Behaviour.

The South Australia fast bowler breached Article 2.2.11 which deals with "by acting in a way that a: was unbecoming of a representative and b) brought the game if cricket into disrepute".

The incident happened on March 14 during the Victoria versus South Australia Futures League match, CA added.

"During the match, Worrall scratched an image of a penis and testicles into a wicket that was being prepared for a Grade cricket final that coming weekend," CA said.

Match referee Daryl Cox proposed a penalty of four suspension points (equal to two four-day matches or four one-day or T20 matches) for the breach.

Worrall pleaded guilty to the charge but disputed the penalty, an action which initiated a formal Code of Behaviour hearing to be convened. The hearing was held this morning.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Match Referee Daryl Cox upheld the original penalty of four suspension points and, as such, Worrall will serve his suspension when the Australian domestic season reconvenes next season in 2014/15.

The player has 48 hours from the conclusion of the hearing to lodge an appeal with CA.


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