Windies spinner Benn suspended for ICC Code of Conduct breach

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Dubai, July 10 (ANI): West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn has been suspended for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his team's third Test match against South Africa in Barbados.

Benn pleaded guilty to a Level 2 breach of the code after admitting to behaviour that was contrary to clause 2.2.11 (a) relating to conduct of a serious nature that is "contrary to the spirit of the game".

As such, under the provisions of the code, the matter was determined by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees without the need for a full hearing.

Crowe ordered the imposition of two suspension points, which amounts to a ban of one Test match or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first for the player.

The incident took place during the lunch interval on the third day of the match when Benn inappropriately and without invitation entered the South Africa team dressing room in Kensington Oval and provoked some South Africa players and team management.

This provocation resulted in a heated exchange of aggressive remarks.

Because this was Benn's second breach of this clause of the code within a 12-month period, the range of sanctions applicable was more severe than it otherwise would have been, namely between two and eight suspension points. (ANI)

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