New Delhi: Indian medium-pacer Praveen Kumar, who was suspended by the BCCI over the charge of misconduct during the Corporate Trophy, is set to return to the fold. Praveen pleaded guilty after the BCCI issued him a show cause notice in February and now the board's disciplinary committee has decided to let him off giving a stern reprimand not to indulge in such misbehavior in the future.
"BCCI has lifted the suspension and the president has decided to let Praveen off with a warning this time. The members felt that the month-long suspension was punishment enough. He had missed domestic games," a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. "Praveen has been told in no uncertain terms that any kind of misbehavior henceforth will not be tolerated."
Praveen, who has played six Tests and 68 ODIs, had incessantly abused Ajitesh Argal and made intimidating advances during the match between ONGC and Income Tax despite the repeated warnings by the on-field umpire. The match referee, Dhananjay Singh, charged him with a fine of hundred percent match fee and further wrote a letter to the board terming him "mentally unfit". The BCCI reacted by issuing a show cause notice and barring him to play in India's domestic one-day tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Praveen, who plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket, will feature in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament which starts from March 17.