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by Alastair Symondson Thursday 28 January 2016
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been officially reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for excessive celebration during the first Twenty20 International against Australia in Adelaide.
Pandya made his debut in the Adelaide T20I against Australia and began his bowling spell by conceding five wides in a 11-ball first over which was taken for 19 runs.
In his second over, Pandya conceded 11 runs but managed to pick up his maiden international wicket by having Chris Lynn caught by Yuvraj Singh at cover.
In a media release the ICC outlined that Pandya’s excessive celebrations, in close proximity to Lynn, may have provoked an aggressive reaction and hence the reprimand.
“India’s Hardik Pandya has received an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first Twenty20 International against Australia in Adelaide on Tuesday.
“The player was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘Using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match’.
“The incident happened in the 16th over of Australia’s innings when Pandya, after dismissing Chris Lynn, celebrated excessively in close proximity to the dismissed batsman, which could have provoked an aggressive reaction.”
The ICC further confirmed that as Pandya admitted his offence and accepted the sanction handed by the match referee Jeff Crowe there was no need for a formal hearing.
In his maiden international outing, Pandya conceded 37 runs and took two wickets from three overs as India went on to win the first T20I against Australia by 37 runs.
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