Wade suspended for pitch tampering

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Wade has 48 hours to appeal against the decision

Victoria captain Matthew Wade has been suspended for one Sheffield Shield match after being found guilty of pitch tampering during his side’s 129-run win over Tasmania in Hobart.

Wade, who smashed a brilliant 119 in Vicoria’s first innings, was reported by the on-field umpires, Ian Lock and Sam Nogajski, for “unfair play” and for breaching the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour.

“While batting during Victoria’s first innings, umpires determined that Wade had tampered with the pitch,” Cricket Australia said in a statement. “Both umpires considered the change to the pitch, which resulted in the creation of a long valley within the protected area, had been created by means other than natural wear and tear.”

Wade denied the charge against him and a full hearing was conducted by match referee and former Test cricket umpire Daryl Harper.

Harper found Wade to be guilty and fined him 50 per cent of his match fee, while also giving him two suspension points, which means that he will be suspended for Victoria’s match against Western Australia in Perth on Friday.

However, Wade does have the right to appeal the decision within the next 48 hours.

Tony Dodemaide, who is the chief executive of Cricket Victoria, stated that all the evidence would be reviewed before any further action was taken.

“We are currently reviewing the events in their entirety before deciding whether to lodge an appeal and will not comment further until that decision has been made,” Dodemaide said.

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