The youngster from Hampshire Cricket Club Jason Ford has been banned for 17 matches after involving in a fight with the on-field umpire. The incident took place one month ago and now, he was found guilty of the charge pressed against him.
Jason Ford broke the code of conduct by involving in a physical contact with the on-field umpire. The incident took place in a local match between Fawley and Hythe on July 17.
Suspended for the whole season:
The Hampshire disciplinary committee suspended Jason Ford for the 17 matches. With only 17 games left for the completion of a season, the ban imposed on him will see Jason Ford miss out the remaining action in the season.
It is learnt that Jason Ford was in the bowling team who was furious over the umpire for denying an LBW appeal. As per the reports, the irritated Jason allegedly headbutted the umpire who lost a tooth during the incident.
It was needed a policeman to calm down the things. The umpire was immediately rushed to the hospital while the youngster was suspended from participating in the game.
A few days later Chris Tona, chairman of Fawley Cricket Club issued a statement. “The individual involved was immediately suspended by the committee pending a full disciplinary meeting. The club has contacted the Hampshire Cricket League chairman to report the incident and are working on providing an accurate statement of events to the League Disciplinary Committee. The club cannot comment any further while there is an ongoing police investigation.”
Speaking of the same, the league chairman Emery told Daily Echo, a UK based website that “He had never been in trouble before. If he had he would have received a lifetime ban – and quite rightly so.”
Clean chit saved Jason Ford:
Jason Ford would have received a life ban from the official panel. But, the clear track record of him saved his cricketing career. He was eventually suspended from 17 matches which are left in the season.