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This is not the first time Bracewell’s drunken antics have got him dropped
New Zealand pace bowler Doug Bracewell was dropped for Central Districts’ HRV Cup match against Northern Districts on Saturday after a boozy night out.
Bracewell had reportedly stayed out late with a few Otago players and downed “a couple of beers” before returning to the team hotel in the early hours of the morning.
“Our guys decided that (Bracewell) had compromised his preparation to play and that he wouldn’t be playing that day,” Hugh Henderson, the Central Districts chief executive, was quoted as saying byFairfax. “We discovered that he’d got back to the team hotel in the early hours of the morning.”
This is not the first time Bracewell’s drunken antics have got him dropped as he was sidelined, along with Jesse Ryder, for New Zealand’s third ODI against South Africa in Auckland in March 2012 after having too many drinks and getting into a heated dispute with one of the patrons at the bar.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) were extremely “disappointed” that Bracewell had failed to follow “team protocol”.
“We are disappointed to hear about Doug not following team protocol around preparation for the match, and understand and support the decision to leave him out,” NZC said.
Henderson stated that any player would have been disciplined in this way and added that it didn’t matter whether they had represented New Zealand or not.
“It doesn’t really matter who’s done it,” he said. “It’s not the thing we want to have our guys doing. It’s not acceptable and you can’t expect to play when there’s other guys in the team who’ve done everything right.
“We ask and expect guys to be respectful of the guys that they play with. In this case we think Doug made a poor decision and that’s one of the first things we said – it doesn’t matter who you are. If you are the youngest guy in the side, we shouldn’t treat you any differently from a guy that’s played for New Zealand.”