ECB Bans Sussex Captain Murray Goodwin
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has handed acting Sussex captain Murray Goodwin a one-game ban following three incidents of poor conducts.
Goodwin was handed a reprimand and a suspended fine by his club for twice being reported by umpires for showing dissent but the ECB has decided to take even firmer action.
"Mr Goodwin pleaded guilty to a breach of ECB Directive 3, Conduct and Behaviour which makes it clear that cricketers shall at all times conduct themselves fairly and properly on the field," an ECB statement read.
"The Panel took the view that Mr Goodwin had fallen short of acceptable levels of conduct but took into account that he was genuinely apologetic for his actions and accepted the Panel’s advice regarding his future behaviour.
"The Panel determined that he be suspended from the next match in his County’s First Xl programme, namely the Friends Life t20 match against Kent on Friday 8 July 2011."
Sussex chief executive David Brooks admitted he was disappointed with the decision made by the Cricket Discipline Commission Panel.
"As a club, we are disappointed by the outcome as we felt - in our own internal disciplinary process - that Murray's previously good personal record, his apology to all umpires concerned, and his clear feeling of contrition merited a measure of leniency," he said.
"However, this ruling sends out a clear message to all the Counties and professional cricketers that such behaviour will be dealt with severely, and in a manner over and above the fixed penalty system. The consistent implementation of this policy should have the desired effect of arresting a slide in on field discipline, which Sussex CCC supports."
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