Indisciplined Benn is suspended

West
Indies spinner Sulieman Benn has been suspended for breaching International
Cricket Council conduct rules during last month’s third Test against South
Africa.

The
incident saw Benn inappropriately enter the opposition’s dressing room at
Kensington Oval, Barbados, provoking South Africa’s players and management.
Benn pleaded guilty to behaviour “contrary to the spirit of the game”.  And because of previous violations he now
faces a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, or two Twenty20s for the offence.

Jeff
Crowe, of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, said: “Whatever had gone on
before Sulieman entered the Proteas’ dressing-room, while helping to explain
his behaviour, cannot justify it.” There had been an earlier on-field incident
between Benn and South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, who was fined his entire
match fee after being found guilty of spitting in the direction of Benn.

Benn
earned a ban of two one-day internationals following a confrontation with
Australia players Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin during the Perth Test in
December 2009. Fast bowler Kemar Roach lost half his match fee after a run-in
with Jacques Kallis during the closing stages of the match.

He
repeatedly walked up to and exchanged words with the batsman after testing him
with a series of bouncers. The stand-off threatened to escalate and required
the intervention of the umpires and West Indies fielders to come under control.

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