Gilchrist reprimanded for Muralitharan comments
John Polack - 30 May 2002 - Back
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Australian vice captain Adam Gilchrist has received a formal reprimand
for weekend comments deemed to have been detrimental to the interests
Gilchrist was made aware of his fate at the end of an Australian
Cricket Board (ACB) hearing in Sydney this evening. His appearance
at the three-and-a-half hour long hearing, before ACB commissioner
Alan Sullivan, followed remarks made on Sunday in which he suggested
that Sri Lankan off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan possessed an illegal
Gilchrist escaped the prospect of being either fined or suspended
for his actions, instead drawing the lowest punishment among a list
of ten possible penalties prescribed under the ACB's Code of Behaviour.
Under the provisions of the Code, he was not permitted to make
any public statement about the decision and duly left the offices
of Cricket New South Wales without offering further comment.
ACB Chief Executive, James Sutherland, who participated in the
hearing by means of a telephone hookup from Melbourne, meanwhile
said that he was satisfied that the case had been handled appropriately.
"As administrators we do not enjoy taking action against our
own players, particularly those of Adam's upstanding nature,"
"The ACB recognises Adam's outstanding contribution to the
image and success of Australian cricket through his conduct, both
on and off the field.
"However the Code of Behaviour is in place for a very important
reason. Its fundamental purpose is to protect the integrity and
credibility of the game of cricket, in this case, particularly in
the context of the ACB's relationship with other countries."
The ACB's decision to reprimand Gilchrist followed a Victorian
newspaper's publication of comments about Muralitharan's action
that the world's number one ranked batsman believed had been made
in private at a Carlton Football Club function in Melbourne last
Gilchrist has the right to appeal against the imposition of the
reprimand at some time within the next 24 hours. In the immediate
aftermath of the hearing, it was not expected, however, that he
would pursue this course of action.
Source : Cricinfo Ltd
courtesy of Prof. Ravi Goonetilleke