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1-match ban for Zol, Gani reprimanded

Calcutta: India’s Under-19 captain Vijay Zol has been suspended for one match, while off-spinner Aamir Gani has been reprimanded after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against England, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Zol was found to have breached Article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or gesture(s) that is seriously obsence, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person during an International Match”.

Gani was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the Code, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match.”

Graeme La Brooy of the ICC regional referees’ panel imposed the sanctions after both the players pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the proposed sanctions.

One suspension point in the code equates to a suspension from the next match and Zol will miss Monday’s play-off match against Sri Lanka at ICC Academy 1.

The incident involving Zol happened in the 30th over, when he caught England’s Ben Duckett at short mid-wicket off Kuldeep Yadav.

He then used seriously offensive language aimed at the batsman.

In a separate incident, Gani used obscene language after having England’s Ed Barnard caught by Sanju Samson in the 26th over.

Both incidents were captured on television. The charges were laid by on-field umpires Ranmore Martinesz and Chris Gaffaney, as well as third umpire Simon Fry.