Saurabh Netravalkar
Saurabh Netravalkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Saurabh Netravalkar, captain of the USA cricket team, has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during a game against Nepal in Muscat on Monday. The match was part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League 2.

Saurabh Netravalkar, who was born in Mumbai and played for Mumbai before shifting base to the States, was found guilty of breaching Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which is for “Using language, actions or gestures which disparage, or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”

Additionally, one demerit point has been added to his disciplinary record.

Saurabh Netravalkar
Saurabh Netravalkar. Image credit-Peter Della Penna

Saurabh Netravalkar gave Nepal batsman Khushal Malla a send-off after dismissing him

The incident occurred during the 33rd over of Nepal’s innings. After dismissing batsman Khushal Malla, Saurabh Netravalkar aggressively shouted towards him and gave him a send-off, which could have provoked an aggressive reaction from Malla.

Graeme Labrooy of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction, which was ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

Saurabh Netravalkar
Saurabh Netravalkar playing for India Under-19 in 2009. Image-Getty

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Rahul Asher, Vinod Babu and Ahmed Shah Pakteen. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of a fine of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Saurabh Netravalkar, a lanky left-arm pacer, had represented Mumbai in the Cooch Behar Trophy in 2008-09 where he took 30 wickets in six games, and was also part of India’s under-19 team before embarking on a career in the US. He also featured in a 2013 Ranji Trophy game for Mumbai against Karnataka.

For the USA, Saurabh Netravalkar has taken 28 wickets in 24 matches (ODI and T20I)  after having made his debut in 2019.