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by Manuj Sharma Monday 7 August 2017
India will miss the services of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the final Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele after he was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a misconduct.
The incident happened during Sri Lanka's second innings in the Colombo Test when the 28-year-old fielded off his own bowling and thew it back to the keeper, almost hitting the batsman Dimuth Karunaratne in the process.
As a result Jadeja was sanctioned three demerit points and was also fined 50 per cent of his match fee.
Jadeja already entered the game with three demerit points after he was charged for running on the pitch during the home series against New Zealand and now his tally has increased to six with the recent incident, thereby converting into suspension point.
Accumulation of six demerit points in a span of two years will lead to suspension in one Test or two One-Day Internationals or two Twenty20 Internationals, whichever comes first, making the world number one ranked bowler unavailable for the third game in Pallekele.
A statement released by ICC confirmed that Jadeja had breached article 2.2.8 in the player's code of conduct that deals with "throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player... in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match".
India have already claimed the series 2-0 following their innings victory in Colombo in which Jadeja claimed a seven wicket haul and also scored an useful half-century in the first innings.
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