The skipper of Hyderabad cricket team, Ambati Rayudu, has been handed a two-match ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for breaching the code of conduct.
On January 11, during a match between Hyderabad and Karnataka in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Rayudu was found guilty of breaching BCCI’s code of conduct.
Now, due to suspension, Rayudu will not participate in the first two matches of Vijay Hazare Trophy. The tournament will start from February 5.
Charges on Hyderabad lad was levelled by third umpire Anil Dandekar and on-field umpires Abhijit Deshmukh, Ulhas Gandhe.
However, no formal hearing happened, as Rayudu pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by BCCI.
Ambati Rayudu suspension took place due to his reaction to a field controversy in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament, during a match between Hyderabad and Karnataka, that the later won by two runs.
In the match, Hyderabad player Mohammed Siraj bowled to Karnataka opener Karun Nair and he hit the ball over mid-wicket and picked up a couple of runs. However, fielder Mehdi Hassan had touched the boundary rope while picking the ball up but the on-field umpire Gandhe did not check the video review. And when Karnataka’s team came out to bowl, the two more runs were added in their score, which was changed to 206 from 204.
Interestingly, Hyderabad lost the match just by two runs and that irked Hyderabad skipper Ambati Rayudu.
While talking about the controversy, Rayudu said, “There was some confusion in the middle at the start of our innings. What I went and told the umpire was ‘sir you cannot change the score, we are batting for 204 as our target.”
“At the end, we went and asked to start the Super Over. That is exactly our point of contention. We never even thought of stopping the second match, that has got nothing to do with us. We were insisting that our match was not complete, we still have to play the Super Over. That is exactly why we went to the middle, we were actually going to warm up then,” Rayudu added.