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Ramadan ban

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November 08, 2017

Central Park-St Brendan’s Cricket Club will be sweating on the availability of its Haisman Shield captain and wicketkeeper ahead of a trip to Kyabram this week.

Ramadan Yze and Jack McCarten face suspensions after a heated clash with Tatura at the weekend, while 250-game veteran Brendan Scott was also slapped with a warning during the match officiated by umpires Russell Baldi and Gary Wood.

Scott, who was cited once for level one dissent, has accepted his penalty and will have to remain on his best behaviour for the remainder of the season to avoid suspension.

But Yze, who is facing four matches on the sidelines, and McCarten (one) will both appeal their sanctions to an independent Cricket Shepparton tribunal on Friday night, with their ability to play set to hang in the balance until the 11th hour due to the availability of all parties involved.

‘‘There was a couple of mentioned players and a couple of suspensions handed down after the weekend,’’ director of senior cricket Michael Van Dorsser said.

‘‘But appeals have been made and they are currently pending, they will be heard before Cricket Shepparton’s independent tribunal and a decision will be made in regards to the appeals then.’’

McCarten was cited twice for level one dissent charges, which constitutes a one-match suspension, while Yze was singled out for a number of offences.

‘‘Ramadan had multiple level one and two level two offences, and he had a blue sheet (report) hanging over his head from last year’s one-day final, so his first level one offence automatically drew a one-game suspension,’’ Van Dorsser said.

‘‘He had three counts of not being able to control his team as captain, which Cricket Shepparton has counted as one offence, as well as dissent at the level one stage.

‘‘It is also alleged that he attempted to elbow an opponent which is a level two offence and also had a serious dissent charge, so all in all Ramadan has at this stage been suspended for four games.’’

With only four matches remaining before the Christmas break, Yze could face a huge stint on the sidelines if his appeals are thrown out.

The Tigers will certainly be busy before a ball is bowled at Kyabram Recreation Reserve this weekend though, with a mediation session scheduled between the club and Baldi to discuss last weekend’s incidents.

‘‘There will be a mediation session between the officials of Central Park and Russell Baldi on Saturday at 9am, which will be ran by Cricket Shepparton executives,’’ Van Dorsser said.

With a level one offence including excessive or obvious disappointment towards an umpire’s decision, Van Dorsser expects more blue sheets to occur, but encouraged all players to focus on what they could control in the game.

‘‘The umpires make a decision one way or another and sometimes players don’t like or agree with that decision,’’ he said.

‘‘But umpires are there to control the game and make decisions on what they see, so people need to live with those decisions and move on.’’

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