In what could be a bad news to the fans of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the franchise’s new signing Tom Curran has been handed a 4-match ban from the Big Bash League (BBL) after intimidating an umpire.
As a result, Curran will not be part of the Sydney Sixers squad for the upcoming clash against the Hobart Hurricanes.
As per reports, the English all-rounder has been charged under Article 2.17 of the code of conduct for intimidation or attempted intimidation of an umpire, match referee or medical personnel whether by language or conduct (including gestures) during a match.
Prior to the start of the match, Curran completed a practice run up in which he ran onto part of the pitch. Subsequently, he was then verbally instructed by the Umpire not to run on to the pitch. Then Curran moved to the opposite end of the pitch to complete another practice run up. The Umpire took position next to the stumps, blocking Curran from approaching the pitch and gestured to Curran to move away from the pitch.
However, Curran gestured to the Umpire to move away from the pitch. Then he attempted to perform a practice run up and run at pace straight towards the Umpire who stood in the bowling crease facing Curran. The Umpire stepped to his right to avoid the risk of collision.
After the match, the match referee charged Curran under Article 2.17 of the Code of Conduct for intimidation or attempted intimidation of an Umpire. The all-rounder was imposed a penalty of four suspension points.