Khaleel Ahmed Gets Official Warning for Marlon Samuels Send-off






Khaleel Ahmed Gets Official Warning for Marlon Samuels Send-off

India’s Khaleel Ahmed celebrates the dismissal of West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer. (AP Photo)







India pacer Khaleel Ahmed received an official warning and one demerit point after he was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth ODI against the Windies on Monday (October 29).Ahmed was found to have violated Article 2.5 of the Code, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an international match”, stated an ICC release.

The incident for which he was charged took place in the 14th over, when he advanced aggressively towards Marlon Samuels after getting him to edge one to Rohit Sharma in the slips.

After the match, Ahmed admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad, the match referee.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Anil Chaudhary, third umpire Paul Wilson, and the fourth umpire C Shamshuddin.

The pacer’s excessive appealing during the match earned both him and skipper Virat Kohli a talking to from the umpires.

For his part, Ahmed admitted after the match that he appealed loudly so as to make the batsmen nervous.

“I like to appeal a lot mostly out of excitement but also because that makes the batsman uncomfortable, even if I can’t get a wicket,” he said in an interaction with the broadcasters after the match.

India won the fourth ODI by 224 runs in Mumbai and lead the five-match series 2-1. Ahmed ended the match with figures of 3/13.




First Published: October 30, 2018, 2:25 PM IST



India vs West Indies: Khaleel Ahmed receives official warning, demerit point for provocative action

By: Sports Desk |

Published: October 30, 2018 3:36:15 pm





Khaleel Ahmed has been given an official warning. (Source: AP)

Khaleel Ahmed has been given an official warning as well as a demerit point after being found guilty of Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

During the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Mumbai, the Indian fast bowler was involved in violation of Article 2.5 of the Code which is ‘using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an international match”.

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Ahmed, who returned figures of 3/13, advanced aggressively towards Marlon Samuels after claiming his wicket in the 14th over. The on-field umpires were of the view that Khaleel’s action could have provoked a counter-reaction from the Windies player. On-field umpires Ian Gould and Anil Chaudhary, third umpire Paul Wilson, as well as fourth umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin pressed the charges against Ahmed.

Ahmed accepted his mitstake post the match and agreed the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees. Breaking of Level 1 code carry punishments like official reprimand, 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

India embarrassed the West Indies by 224 runs in the fourth One-day International for one of their biggest wins and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Rohit Sharma (162) and Ambati Rayudu (100) struck belligerent centuries to guide India to an imposing 377 for five after the hosts opted to bat.

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Sri Lanka Cricket Board official arrested, Arjuna Ranatunga wants Indian help to tackle corruption

By: PTI | Colombo |

Published: October 23, 2018 1:54:19 am





Arjuna Ranatunga said that the corrupt local administration was responsible for the current lowly standing of Sri Lanka in international cricket. (File Photo) 

Sri Lanka Cricket, which is currently fighting the menace of deep-rooted corruption, was dealt a blow after its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) was arrested for alleged financial fraud, police said on Monday. The police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that Piyal Nandana was arrested following a complaint lodged by the SLC to the Inspector General of Police.

Earlier on Monday, former Sri Lankan captain and country’s Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said that India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) could provide technical expertise in probing widespread allegations of corruption in cricket.

“India has specialized knowledge on the issue having taken action against many corrupt activities in match fixing. The Prime Minister (Sri Lankan) and I made a special request to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He pledged assistance,” Ranatunga told reporters.

“We don’t have the expertise or the laws to deal with this problem in a proper manner. India promised to help us in drafting legislation too,” Ranatunga said after returning from New Delhi.

Ranatunga said that the corrupt local administration was responsible for the current lowly standing of Sri Lanka in international cricket. “It is no point blaming the players for the poor showings,” Ranatunga said.

The arrest of the Sri Lanka Cricket CFO is related to an alleged financial fraud, which was unearthed last September. An alleged attempt to transfer to an offshore account USD 5.5 million connected to the broadcasting rights of the current England tour of Sri Lanka was reported to the police’s crime investigation department.

The SLC had cited the CFO Nandana as the prime suspect, who had claimed that his e-mail account had been hacked and sent the request to transfer the money to an off shore account. He was sent on compulsory leave.

The money was one of the three tranches coming from Sony Picture Networks for broadcast rights of the England tour. The corruption and fixing allegations have hit the country’s cricket hard after a documentary aired in May alleged massive global corruption in cricket.

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After it was aired, Galle groundsman Tharanga Indika and former first-class cricketer Tharindu Mendis were found allegedly speculating about fixing the pitch to ensure a result in under four days in a Test match against England.

Both men have been suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket pending an ICC investigation. A third man, provincial coach Jeevantha Kulatunga, was also suspended. Sanath Jayasuriya, a member of the 1996 World Cup winning squad, is under investigation by the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit, along with several others. Jayasuriya has been charged for not co-operating with a match-fixing probe and concealing information.

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Sri Lanka Cricket Board Official Arrested For Alleged Financial Fraud

AFP | Updated: October 23, 2018, 12:32 AM IST






Sri Lanka Cricket Board Official Arrested For Alleged Financial Fraud







Sri Lankan police arrested a top cricket board official Monday over a $5.5 million fraud involving the sale of television rights for the ongoing England tour of the island, a spokesman said.Ruwan Gunasekera said the chief financial officer at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Nandika Dissanayake, was taken into custody as the main suspect in the bank fraud after the board filed a complaint two weeks ago.

He said Dissanayake had already siphoned $183,000 due to SLC from Sony TV for television rights for the recently concluded South African tour.

Dissanayake then attempted to steal another $5.5 million due to SLC from the sale of television rights for the current England tour when he was caught.

“We will take the suspect before a magistrate tomorrow and carry out further investigations,” Gunasekera said.

The board is currently auditing its accounts following the discovery of the fraud.

The England tour will continue till November 27.




First Published: October 23, 2018, 12:32 AM IST



Most Corrupt Bookies in International Cricket Are Indians: ICC Official

PTI | Updated: October 18, 2018, 9:45 PM IST






Most Corrupt Bookies in International Cricket Are Indians: ICC Official

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New Delhi: The ICC has been carrying out investigations on deep rooted corruption in Sri Lankan cricket but amid that, its Anti Corruption Unit official Alex Marshall revealed an alarming fact: most of the bookies indulging in corrupt practices are Indians.Earlier this week, legendary Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya became the first high profile player from the island nation to be charged for violating ICC’s anti-corruption code.

Even though Jayasuriya has not been charged with fixing, he has been found guilty of non co-operation with investigating authorities.

Recently ICC’s ACU shared information about active corruptors with England and Sri Lankan cricketers, currently involved in a limited overs series.

Asked if all active corruptors are local, ICC’s General Manager ACU, Marshall, told ESPN Cricinfo: “In Sri Lanka it was both local and Indian corruptors. In most other parts of the world it is mostly corrupt Indian bookies.”

Marshall’s revelations even though alarming is not surprising after Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Thursday admitted having taken money from an Indian bookmaker Anu Bhatt to fix matches.

Even when the match fixing scandal first came to fore in 2000, most of the corrupt bookies hanging around the players were believed to be of Indian origin.

“During the briefing (to England and Sri Lanka players), we showed names and pictures of active corruptors in cricket who were trying to get at players both in Sri Lanka and at tournaments elsewhere in the world,” Marshall said.

“So we have openly shared the current information of active corruptors, we have shown their pictures, given their names and details. This way we felt the players are better informed. The exercise has already lead to new information coming forward from the teams.”

Marshall said that ICC is currently monitoring “12-20 active corruptors” while there is suspicion on at least six, who the players should be wary of.

“We showed them six. There are probably 12-20 very active corruptors that we are currently monitoring. The pictures shown were all men, but there are couple of women, too, involved in the whole picture,” added Marshall.




First Published: October 18, 2018, 9:36 PM IST