Cricket News 18/01/03
Updated Report By Shane Dell
Australiaís Darren Lehmann, has lost the Vice-Captains job for the one day match in Adelaide tomorrow against England after being suspended for five one day matches by the International Cricket Council this morning.
Lehmann, was supended as a result of making an off field racial comment directed at the Sri Lankan team in a one day match at Brisbane on 15 January. Lehmann later apolgised to the Sri Lanka team for the comment and was handed a reprimand by match referee Clive Lloyd. However, the ICC demanded Lehmann face more serious consequences for his actions and was directed to attend a disciplinary hearing at Adelaide oval this morning where the suspension was handed down.
The suspension will affect Lehmannís availability for the rest of the VB series in Australia and at least the first match of the coming World Cup in South Africa. It is unkown at this time whether the ACB is likely to replace Lehmann in the current 15 man squad to go to South Africa as a result of his early unavailability.
New South Wales batsman Michael Clarke, will replace Lehmann in the team to meet England at Adelaide tomorrow for the scheduled one day international match.
At the conclusion of a hearing conducted by International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Clive Lloyd on Saturday (18 January), he issued this statement:
"I have today found Australia's Darren Lehmann guilty of a breach of provision 3.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct.
"The penalty for a Level 3 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct is a ban of between two and four Test matches or between four and eight one-day internationals. In this instance I have decided that a ban of five one-day internationals is the appropriate punishment.
"The ban will take effect from tomorrow (Sunday 19 January) subject to an appeal from Mr Lehmann which must be lodged in writing to the ICC Legal Counsel within 24 hours.
"Mr Lehmann has apologised for his remarks.
"In my decision I took into consideration Darren's impeccable record and other matters put to me about his standing and reputation in cricket.
"Darren's comment could be interpreted as deeply offensive and this must be eradicated from all sport, not just cricket."
Darren Lehmann Statement:
After his International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct hearing on Saturday (18 January), Darren Lehmann issued the following statement:
"I would like to place on record the fact I had a fair hearing and that I had the opportunity to be heard this morning.
"I accept the penalty handed down and would like to say once again how regretful I am that the incident took place. I meant no offence by my comments and again would like to apologise for making them.
"I would also like to thank the Sri Lankan team for their support and understanding in this matter.
"Finally I would like to wish Michael Clarke all the best with his call-up to the senior Australian side."