Ravindra Jadeja has breached the ICC Code of Conduct which has resulted in an accumulation of demerit points and he will be suspended from the 3rd test against Sri Lanka.
On Day 3 of the second test, Jadeja fielded the ball of his own bowling and threw the ball back at Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who was actually in the crease and the ball narrowly missed him. This was deemed as ‘dangerous‘ by on field umpires Bruce Oxenford, Rod Tucker and the 3rd and 4th umpires.
The Indian all-rounder received a 50% match fee fine and 3 demerit points for this incident. In the Indore test in 2016, he also received a 50% fine and three demerit points, which took his accumulated demerit points to six and has resulted in suspension.
According to the ICC Code of Conduct, six demerit points lead to two suspension points and that’s why Jadeja will miss the next test match. if he reaches the next threshold of 8 demerit points, the next punishment will be 4 suspension points.
This will indeed be a big blow to India as Ravindra Jadeja is currently at #1 in the ICC Test Bowlers Rankings. Also, he was awarded the Man of the Match in the 2nd Test for his 70* in India’s innings followed by his 5-wicket haul in Sri Lanka’s 2nd innings.
In the absence of Jadeja, India have a couple of options and we at Read Scoops feel that they will go in with the left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
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