Johan Botha to appeal Sheffield Shield suspension

South Australia’s Johan Botha has accepted a reprimand and appealed a one game suspension for two separate breaches of the Cricket Australia’s (CA) Code of Behaviour during Round 9 of the Sheffield Shield.

In the first breach, Botha was reported by the umpires for breaching Article 2.1.4 – Using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting during a match during South Australia’s first fielding innings.

Botha accepted the proposed penalty of a reprimand by Match Referee David Talalla and a Code of Behaviour hearing was not required.

In the second breach, the umpires reported Botha for breaching Article 2.2.11 for actions that were a) contrary to the spirit of the game b) harmful to the interests of cricket and c) for bringing the game into disrepute, specifically repeated inappropriate conduct relating to the condition of the match ball.

Talalla proposed a penalty of two suspension points (equal to one Sheffield Shield match suspension) for the breach.

Botha pleaded guilty to the charge however disputed the penalty, an action which initiated a formal Code of Behaviour hearing to be convened. The hearing was convened at the conclusion of the match.

At the conclusion of the hearing the Match Referee upheld the original penalty of two suspension points and as such Botha will serve his suspension for Round 10 of the Bupa Sheffield Shield.

The player has lodged an appeal against the one match suspension which will take place at 9.30am AEDT on Monday, 10 March in Adelaide. CA Code of Behaviour Commissioner, Mr Anthony Crocker, will hear the appeal.

James Buttler

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