New Delhi: Hyderabad captain Ambati Rayudu was on Wednesday (January 31) handed a two-match suspension for breaching the BCCI Code of Conduct during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match between Hyderabad and Karnataka on January 11, 2018. Also Read - IPL 2020 News: MS Dhoni on Ambati Rayudu's Return, Slams CSK Batsmen And Bowlers For Inconsistent Performances vs Delhi Capitals
The two-match ban will come into effect during the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy and Rayudu has been barred from participating in the first two matches of the tournament. Also Read - IPL 2020 News: KXIP Co-owner Ness Wadia Calls For Better Umpiring Standards, Optimal Use of Technology
Rayudu pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by BCCI and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Abhijit Deshmukh, Ulhas Vithalrao Gandhe, and third umpire Anil Dandekar. Also Read - IPL 2020: Not Picking Ambati Rayudu in 2019 World Cup Team Was India's Loss, says CSK star Shane Watson
A thrilling last-ball finish was marred by an unwanted protest and arguments after two runs were added to Karnataka’s total at the end of the innings. On January 15, the BCCI had issued a notice to Rayudu and Hyderabad manager Krishan Rao as per the board’s Codes and Guidelines Article 4 Notification Procedure and given a seven-day deadline to file their reply.
The decision to add runs was taken during the innings break after the umpires were made aware of an error during the second over of the match.
Hyderabad’s deep mid-wicket fielder Mehdi Hasan’s foot touched the ropes, but the on-field umpires did not check with the third umpire and signalled two instead of a boundary to Karun Nair.
Following the replays, the officials came to know that Hasan had made contact with the rope while retrieving the ball and, therefore, decided to add the runs to Karnataka’s tally at the end of their batting effort.
However, the umpire’s call irked Rayudu and his teammates, who stood in the field following the match and started demanding for a “super over” despite Karnataka being adjudged as the eventual winners.
The BCCI is further looking into the role of Hyderabad Team Manager in this untoward incident.
(With ANI inputs)