ICC bans Afridi for damaging pitch

The ICC on Monday banned Pakistan's all-rounder Shahid Afridi for one test and two one-day internationals for damaging the pitch on Monday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Faisalabad:The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday banned Pakistan's all-rounder Shahid Afridi for one test and two one-day internationals. Afridi is facing the ban for damaging the pitch during the second day of the second cricket test against England, ICC said in a statement. Afridi was charged with a Level 3 offense under Clause 1 of the ICC Code which reads: "Players and/or team officials shall at all times conduct play within the spirit of the game as well as within the Laws of Cricket." All Level 3 breaches carry a penalty of a ban of between two and four test matches or between four and eight ODIs. Afridi's ban of one test and two ODIs equates to a two-test ban as outlined in Note 5.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Afridi pleads guilty Afridi pleaded guilty to damaging the pitch during the second day's play in Faisalabad and attended a hearing conducted by ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama after play concluded on Monday. Pakistan's captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Bob Woolmer also attended the hearing. After issuing his judgment, Mahanama said: "This ban should serve as a message to players that this type of behaviour is not allowed. "Mr Afridi apologized for his conduct and said he was very disappointed with himself for acting in that way. "However, a player of his calibre and experience is a role model and he should set a good example as a lot of people not only in Pakistan but around the world look up to him. He has let them down with his actions today," Mahanama added in a statement, issued by ICC. Video evidence used The charge was brought by the four umpires in the match, on-field officials Darrell Hair and Simon Taufel, third umpire Nadeem Ghauri and fourth umpire Iftikhar Malik. Video evidence was used during the hearing. Afridi hit a robust 92 off 85 balls in Pakistan's healthy first innings score of 462 that featured six towering sixes and as many fours. In a separate hearing, Afridi's teammate Shoaib Akhtar was fined 20 percent of his match fee for using a sponsor's logo on his gloves - a breach of the ICC Code of Conduct. Akhtar was found guilty of a breach of the ICC's logo policy in a separate hearing conducted after play on Monday. Akhtar pleaded guilty to a breach of the Level 1 offense which relates to manufacturer's logos on equipment. The charge was brought by the two on-field umpires, Taufel and Hair. (AP)

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