Ramprakash penalised by ECB for using 'obscene, offensive or insulting' language
13:54 GMT, 25 April 2012
Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash has been hit with a three-point penalty under the England and Wales Cricket Board's disciplinary code.
Penalised: Ramprakash is in hot water
Former England international Ramprakash, 42, was reported by the umpires during last week's LV= County Championship match against Worcestershire for a level one breach relating to 'obscene, offensive or insulting' language.
Ramprakash now has six penalty points to his name, with the accumulation of nine in any two-year period leading to a suspension.
I'm completely innocent of spot-fixing allegations, says Kaneria
Danish Kaneria has dismissed allegations that he was involved in the latest spot-fixing scandal to rock cricket.
Former Essex fast bowler Mervyn
Westfield, 23, was sentenced to four months in prison on Friday after
pleading guilty to accepting a 6,000 bribe in return for conceding a
fixed number of runs in his first over of a Pro40 game against Durham in
Kaneria, who was questioned by Essex
police in March 2010 along with Westfield before being released without
charge, is facing a possible England Cricket Board investigation.
Under suspicion: But Danish Kaneria, centre, maintains his innocence
His name was repeatedly mentioned during the trial, with the judge accepting the 31-year-old former Pakistan leg-spinner arranged the fix.
But the Pakistan Cricket Board refuse to suspend him unless he is proven guilty, and Kaneria captained Sind yesterday in the first day of a domestic cup final in Lahore.
'I am completely innocent from day one. All allegations against me are false,' he said. 'The Essex police cleared me and I have clearance certificates from the ECB and ICC, so I am not feeling any pressure.'
Nasser Hussain: Use Westfield case to warn off young players
Dirty dozen: Mervyn Westfield was paid to try and concede 12 runs in an over
The ECB now need to use Mervyn Westfield, take him around to counties, do a video with him.
They should use him as an example for future generations of cricketers that if you do get a call in your room saying, 'Bowl a bad over and we will give you 6,000', this is what happens to you.
Instead of just parking him away somewhere to be forgotten, use the lad to make sure future generations don't make the same mistakes that he has made.You can't take your eye off the ball with this.
This example is what the game needs – Westfield would have been 21 when he decided to bowl that over and take that cash. You can do that and then two years down the line these things come back to bite you and haunt you.
He is the best example to show young players and say, 'Is it really worth it'
Westfield was a very good cricketer. There were rumours that if he beat this case, some other counties were going to come in for him. He was a real prospect.
Playing cricket will have been in his blood and now the game has been taken out of his lifestyle through what he did. It's a harsh lesson that he has learned.