Veteran Cann received ban for USA game
Bermuda batsman Lionel Cann has landed himself in hot water with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
According to an article published on the ICC’s website earlier this week, the veteran player received a one-game suspension that ruled him out of Bermuda’s Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 third and fourth play-off with USA at Lords on Sunday.
Cann had the sanction imposed after pleading guilty to a Level 2 breach of the ICC’s Code of Conduct stemming from his conduct during Bermuda’s round robin match with Italy at Somerset Cricket Club a week ago today.
The Warwick player-coach was found to have breached Article 2.2.11 of the Code of Conduct, which relates to “conduct that brings the Game of Cricket into disrepute.”
Italy’s Carl Sandri also received a one-game suspension after pleading guilty to committing the same offence.
The charge had been laid by the two on-field umpires Viswanadan Kalidas and Silvan Taylor.
Both players accepted the proposed sanction offered to them by the tournament referee David Jukes thus avoiding a formal hearing.
Controversy flared during last Thursday’s match when Italian batsman Vincenzo Pennazza was run out, sparking a heated protest from Sandri which held the game up for several minutes as umpires tried to diffuse the situation.
Sandri had argued that the foot of Bermuda fielder Dion Stovell had touched the rope as he attempted to cut off a boundary just prior to the dismissal. It was alleged that Cann used threatening behaviour towards Sandri in the heat of the moment as the Italian waved his bat at a group of Bermuda players.
Earlier during the match Cann thumped a swashbuckling century (113) off just 45 balls to revive Bermuda’s hopes of progressing to the next phase of 2015 ICC World Cup qualifiers.
His electrifying innings, that he later dedicated to the memory of late brother Tracey (Shrimp) Mello, contained 11 sixes and six fours.
Cann lived a charmed life at the crease as he was caught on the mid-wicket boundary but given a reprieve after the fielder stepped on the rope. He was also put down twice at mid-on and once on the backward square leg boundary.
Cann was one of three changes Bermuda made to their squad for Sunday’s third and fourth play-off with USA from the one that beat the Americans by five-wickets the previous day at the National Sports Centre (NSC).
Bermuda retained their WCL Division 3 status after finishing fourth in the tournament.
Nepal were crowned WCL Division 3 champions after defeating Uganda in the finals. Both teams were promoted to the WCL Division 2 and advanced to next January’s 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand.
Pre-tournament favourites USA also retained their WCL Division 3 status after finishing third while fifth and sixth placed Oman and Italy were relegated to the WCL Division 4.