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Surrey captain handed Finals Day ban
3:12pm Friday 9th August 2013 in Sport
Hampshire will not have to face Gareth Batty in their Friends Life t20 semi-final after the Surrey captain was handed a two-match ban by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Batty’s ban is punishment for his behaviour during Surrey’s quarter-final win against Somerset on Tuesday night.
He was reported for inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play and using language or a gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature to another player, umpire, referee, team official or spectator.
Gerard Elias, chairman of the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission, said: “Gareth Batty was not merely a player but was the Surrey Captain.
“His conduct as such was appalling. Not only was he involved in deliberately and inappropriately physically confronting a batsman he had just dismissed, he subsequently engaged in a foul mouthed tirade at the batsman.
“Plainly, he acted contrary to the spirit of the game and in a way which brings cricket into disrepute and failed to set the leadership example expected.”
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