Rayudu gets two-match ban for breaching BCCI Code of Conduct

Henrietta Strickland
January 31, 2018

Ambati Rayudu, the Hyderabad captain, was on Wednesday (January 31) slapped with a two-match ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for an incident that happened during the South Zone phase of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy all-India Twenty20 tournament earlier this month.

Karnataka batsman Karun Nair had played a flick shot off Mohammed Siraj's delivery, which went over the mid-wicket and picked two runs.

However, the scoreboard wasn't updated promptly and Hyderabad returned to the dugout after Karnataka's innings, in the knowledge that the target was 204.

"Mr. Rayudu is barred from participating in the first two matches for Hyderabad in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy", a BCCI release said.

Since Rayudu admitted to the charge levelled by the on-field umpires Abhijit Deshmukh, Ulhas Vithalrao Gandhe and third umpire Anil Dandekar, and accepted the sanction, there was no need for a formal hearing.

When Karnataka came out to bowl, a visibly incensed Vinay Kumar had a long talk with the umpire and two runs were added to the total (205) as the target was revised to 206. What I went and told the umpire was 'sir you can not change the score, we are batting for 204 as our target. The on-field drama after the game even led to a curtailed 13-over encounter between Andhra and Kerala, who were scheduled to play next at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. "They had no business to stop the match once the target was declared", Rayudu opined. This was after two runs were added to Karnataka's score after umpires were made aware of an error which occurred during the second over of the match.

"At the end, we went and asked to start the Super Over". That is exactly our point of contention. "Then, what we said was we were playing for 204, and that was my exact words", a disappointed Rayudu said after the game.

The BCCI also said it will be looking into the role of the Hyderabad Team manager in the incident.

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