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ICC suspends Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza for on-field altercation in T20I series

ICC suspends Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza for on-field altercation in T20I series

The incident that led to these sanctions involved a heated on-field altercation during the T20I series against Ireland.

In a surprising turn of events, Zimbabwe’s captain Sikandar Raza has been slapped with a two-match suspension, effectively ruling him out of the remaining T20I series against Ireland. Alongside the ban, Sikandar Raza faces a 50 percent match fee fine and has accumulated two demerit points, bringing his total to four within a 24-month period.

The incident that led to these sanctions involved a heated on-field altercation during the T20I series against Ireland. The International Cricket Council (ICC) detailed the charges in a statement. Sikandar Raza was charged with aggressively charging towards Ireland’s Curtis Campher and Josh Little, pointing his bat, and breaking away from the umpire who was attempting to calm the situation.

Campher, in turn, was charged with charging towards Raza and sidestepping one of the on-field umpires who tried to intervene. Little faced a charge of making physical contact with Sikandar Raza after the Zimbabwean captain complained about obstruction while attempting to make a run.

International Cricket Council (ICC) suspends Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza for on-field altercation in T20I series

ICC report on Sikandar Raza

The ICC reported that Sikandar Raza contested the sanctions during a formal hearing overseen by match referee Andy Pycroft. Despite his defense, the ban and fines were finalized.

This development is a setback for Zimbabwe, as Sikandar Raza played a crucial role in their recent victory against Ireland, earning the Man of the Match title in a last-ball thriller. Raza all-round performance, which included a three-wicket haul and a top score of 65, was instrumental in Zimbabwe’s success.

As Zimbabwe prepares for the remainder of the T20I series without their captain, questions arise about the impact of Raza’s absence on the team’s performance. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining on-field discipline, even in the heat of competition, and the consequences that can follow when lines are crossed.

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