Darrell could face further sanction from BCB

  • Disciplinary problems: Bermuda batsman Deunte Darrell

    Disciplinary problems: Bermuda batsman Deunte Darrell


Deunte Darrell could find himself subject to further sanction on his return home from the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in Oman.

The Bermuda batsman received a two-match ban from the International Cricket Council after picking up another demerit point when he used an audible obscenity during Bermuda’s defeat by Kenya last weekend.

He missed the six-wicket loss to Jersey yesterday and will also sit out their final game against Italy today.

Cal Blankendal, the Bermuda Cricket Board executive director, said the board will meet with Darrell, the team’s coaching staff and management before deciding whether to discipline the player further.

“We know that he’s been suspended by the ICC according to their regulations [because] of his infractions on the field,” Blankendal said.

“The board will take the necessary steps to meet with him and the coaching staff to decide what sanctions, if any, will be applied to him.

“None of this has been discussed yet, as we want to let him have the opportunity to sit before the board.

“He did state that he was guilty of the infraction, but at the same time we also want to give him the opportunity to speak in person, which is only right when a person has been charged, especially when it would be a double sanction if one would also be coming from the board.”

Darrell, 27, was also reprimanded during the T20 World Cup Qualifier in Dubai in October, receiving three demerit points that led to a one-match.

Blankendal said discussions took place between the coaching staff and the selectors before Darrell was selected for the trip to Oman.

“It was discussed with the coaching staff and selectors about what took place [and] he was selected for the team,” he said.

“It was a first infraction, so it wasn’t deemed to be something that should hold him from representing Bermuda at this time.

“We know that there’s been a second infraction and without the board having met with him and made any final decision of any future representation ... that will take place once all parties are in front of each other.

“Once we have had those meetings, the board will be able to apply any further sanctions or make a decision on his eligibility for Bermuda in the near future.”

Darrell was allegedly involved in an incident at St George’s Cricket Club unrelated to cricket that resulted in him being banned from the grounds and missing out on Cup Match this year.

Blankendal was asked whether this, which preceded his successful involvement in the home ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier in August, was sufficiently considered before determining his inclusion in a Bermuda squad.

“I can’t speak for the coaching staff or anyone of the selectors but, domestically, we haven’t had any concern to any reports of him not acting accordingly with the national team,” Blankendal added. His only infractions have been during the actual match play, so we would have to sit down with him and figure out why those emotional outbursts are occurring.

“Our concern is to make sure whether we can assist them with any personal issues that may be affecting him — and there may not be — but we have to sit down with him in person. If there is anything the board can do to assist him with that, not only for on-field but off-field matters, we will. We definitely want to keep our better players in the game, locally and internationally. However, they do have to abide by both the domestic and international rules and regulations.

“The team is due to finish up on Thursday [today], the infraction occurred on the ninth, so any action by the board now would be premature. It’s best that he remain in Oman and return with the team to Bermuda.

“When he does, we can have a face-to-face with him and the board will have all the information and details. We do not disregard the ICC sanction at all. Now it’s the turn of the board to decide on any further sanctions once we have all of these players back on island.”

First for Blankendal and the BCB is the matter of a potentially fractious annual meeting. It is scheduled for tonight at Warwick Workmen’s Club, starting at 6pm.

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Published Dec 12, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 11, 2019 at 11:44 pm)

Darrell could face further sanction from BCB

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