The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that six cricketers including Pakistan’s Test all-rounder Yasir Arafat have received penalty points or reprimands under the ECB’s discipline code.
Yasir Arafat was reported by umpires George Sharp and Neil Mallender for a Level Two breach of the code (bowling an accidental high full pitched delivery that resulted in the bowler being disallowed from bowling further in the innings) in Kent’s Twenty20 match against Es+++ on June 18.
David Nash was penalised for a Level Two breach of the code for showing serious dissent to an umpire’s decision.
Pakistani-origin Mehraj Ahmed was reported for a Level Two breach of the code for bowling an accidental high full pitched delivery that resulted in the bowler being disallowed from bowling further in Worcestershire’s match against Surrey. Anthony Ireland was guilty of a similar breach of code during in Gloucestershire’s match against Warwickshire in The Twenty 20 Cup on June 13.
Similarly, Mal Loye was reported by umpires John Holder and Peter Willey and penalised in Lancashire’s Twenty 20 match against Durham on June 17.
These players have all received three penalty points, which will remain on their records for a period of two years. Anthony Ireland now has six penalty points against his name following a similar incident earlier in the 2008 season.
The accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two-year period will result in an automatic suspension.
David Wheeldon was reported for a Level One breach of the code during Worcestershire’s Second XI Championship match against Surrey last week and has received a reprimand.
This penalty remains on Wheeldon’s record for a period of two years.
Any further Level One breach during that period will result in an automatic imposition of three penalty points.