Ambati Rayudu Handed Two-match Ban for Code of Conduct Breach

India cricketer and Hyderabad skipper Ambati Rayudu has been handed a two-match suspension for breaching the BCCI Code of Conduct during the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy, on Wednesday.

Ambati Rayudu Handed Two-match Ban for Code of Conduct Breach

New Delhi: India cricketer and Hyderabad skipper Ambati Rayudu has been handed a two-match suspension for breaching the BCCI Code of Conduct during the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy, on Wednesday.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a statement which read: "Rayudu pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by BCCI and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing."

"The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Mr Abhijit Deshmukh, Mr Ulhas Vithalrao Gandhe, and third umpire Mr Anil Dandekar. The BCCI is further looking into the role of Hyderabad Team Manager in this untoward incident," it added.

Because of this suspension, Rayudu won't be able to participate in the first two matches for Hyderabad in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The incident took place during the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy match between Hyderabad and Karnataka on January 11. The match was marred by an umpiring incident which saw ugly exchanges between both sides at the half-way mark. The incident happened when Karnataka opener Karun Nair flicked a delivery off Mohammed Siraj over the mid-wicket and picked up a couple of runs.

Mehdi Hassan, the fielder, ran towards the ball and picked it up before it could cross the ropes. However, replays clearly showed that he had stepped on the boundary, but umpire Ulhas Gandhe didn't bother to go upstairs for a video replay, with Karnataka ending their innings on 203/5.

When Karnataka came out to bowl, skipper Vinay Kumar walked up to the umpire and two runs were added to the target, which was changed to 206 from 204, which irked Hyderabad captain Ambati Rayudu. As fate would have it, Hyderabad lost the tie by two runs as they folded up scoring 203/9 at the end of their 20 overs.



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