Zimbabwe Cricket captain Sikandar Raza has been suspended for two matches and fined 50% of his match fee for violating the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct during the first T20I against Ireland on December 7th.
Raza was found to have aggressively charged towards Irish players Curtis Campher and Josh Little, while pointing his bat and ignoring the umpire’s attempts to intervene. This incident pushed his demerit points total to four within a 24-month period, triggering an automatic two-match suspension.
Sean Williams will lead Zimbabwe in the remaining two T20I matches against Ireland, scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.
Campher and Little were also penalized for their roles in the altercation. They received fines of 15% of their match fees and one demerit point each.
Details of charges issued were based on Raza having aggressively charged towards Campher and Little, pointed his bat, and ignored the umpire’s intervention.
Campher then charged towards Raza, side-stepping the umpire who tried to stop him. Little made physical contact with Raza after Raza complained about Little blocking his path during a run.
This incident serves as a reminder to all players of the importance of upholding the spirit of sportsmanship and adhering to the ICC Code of Conduct.