Herschelle Gibbs banned for two Tests

South African Herschelle Gibbs has been banned for two Tests for making derogatory comments about Pakistanis during Sunday’s play in the first Test here at Centurion Park.

Match referee Chris Broad announced the punishment to reporters on Monday after a hearing which followed South Africa’s seven-wicket win. The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Malcolm Speed laid the charge under the governing body’s Code of Conduct after racist and abusive remarks were picked up on a stump microphone here.

“Gibbs has been charged under Level 3.3 of the Code which prohibits using…’any language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin’,” an ICC statement said.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) earlier released a statement saying Gibbs would appear at a separate, internal disciplinary hearing. The second Test against Pakistan starts in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Gibbs has faced disciplinary action before.

The opening batsman was fined and suspended for six months by the South African board after admitting he agreed to under-perform in a One-day International (ODI) in exchange for money on the 2000 tour to India.

The offer was relayed to him by late South Africa skipper Hansie Cronje, who was subsequently banned from cricket for life. Gibbs returned to India in October after a six-year self-imposed absence sparked by fears he would be detained by Indian authorities.

Source:The News

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