Bermuda's Jason Anderson banned for life after on-field brawl
Bermuda wicket-keeper batsman Jason Anderson has been banned for life by the Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) after his involvement in an ugly on-field brawl during the final of the Champion of Champions tournament.
Anderson, who was representing the Cleveland County Cricket Club (CCCC), was keeping wickets when he got into an altercation with George O’Brien, who was batting for the Willow Cuts Cricket Club (WCCC).
During the tussle the duo wrestled each other to the ground with Anderson’s teammate Aaron Adams trying to separate the pair.
Adams received a blow to the head in the due course, as the match officials and the members of the Bermuda Police Service came in to take care of the situation.
Cleveland president Carlton Smith asked Anderson to leave the field following which the game resumed eventually ending in a 72-run defeat for WCCC.
After taking into account the video evidence and the reports of the match officials, the BCB held Anderson guilty of a level four breach of the code of conduct and handed him a life ban from all cricket related activities in the country.
O’Brien on the other hand, was found guilty of breaching the level three of the code of conduct and was banned “for a period sufficient to include 6 Logic 50-over matches.”
CCCC captain Allan Douglas revealed that he did not know what led to the ugly altercation between the two players as he was at the other end of the pitch.
“I think a little bit of frustration built up by Jason, dropping a catch and missing a stumping, but I don’t know what was said between George and Jason because I was at the other end of the wicket (bowling),” Douglas told The Royal Gazette.
“Once I saw those two going at it, that’s when I decided to jump into the middle and try to break it up; me and Aaron Adams.”
The Shadow Sports Minister for Bermuda, Michael Weeks, expressed his displeasure on the incident as he stated that such incidents can set wrong examples to the younger players.
“What was to be a family and community event, has instead been marred by a repugnant incident of violence, lawlessness and unsportsmanlike conduct.
“Our community has an obligation to not only demand better from our youth and our athletes, but we must also do all we can to set the right example, mentor and guide all those whom we have under our influence.
“We condemn this act without reservation and support the Bermuda Police Service, the Bermuda Cricket Board of Control as well as the Willow Cuts and Cleveland County Clubs as they seek to end this irrational behaviour on our sporting grounds and community.”
The CCCC has also banned Anderson from representing the club in any sporting related activities for life.
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