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Afridi handed Twenty20 ban for ball tampering

Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi will miss Fridays Twenty20 International against Australia at the MCG after being banned for two games after being charge with ball tampering.

Afridi was caught by television cameras biting the side of the ball during Pakistan's two wicket defeat against Australia in a one day international in Perth.

After reviewing the evidence match referee Ranjan Madugalle hit Afridi with a two game ban which rules him out of Fridays game. Afridi will also miss Pakistan's Twenty20 game against England in Dubai on February 19th.

Shahid was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to "changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket".

In a press release from the ICC Madugalle said "I imposed the maximum penalty under the code to Shahid and reminded him of his responsibilities as a national captain which is to ensure that the match is played according to the laws of the game and in the spirit in which it is intended to be played."

"Shahid, when pleading guilty, apologised and regretted his actions."

Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam felt sorry for Afridi but admitted the skippers actions were completely unacceptable.

"It's unacceptable, it shouldn't have happened but it happened and I feel sorry for him. Being a captain you should be above everything but unfortunately it's happened."

source - cricket20.com
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