Match referee calls Praveen mentally unfit

Paceman Praveen Kumar has courted trouble again for indiscipline. On Wednesday, he was labelled ‘mentally unstable’ by the match referee during ONGC’s game in the BCCI Corporate Trophy against Income Tax in Bhilai.

The discarded India pacer, who was playing for the ONGC, was reported by umpires for using abusive language on the field.

Praveen has a history of run-ins with opposition players and has often been reprimanded for his behaviour. During last year’s tour of Australia, he was found guilty of using abusive language against spectators as well.

According to sources, the match referee took a serious view of the matter and the bowler’s fiery temper has once again put him in the dock. The match referee has reportedly written in his report that Praveen is “ mentally unstable” to play. He also said that the bowler gets triggered very easily and has issues with team mates as well as opponents.

Praveen was found guilty for level 2 and 4 offence. While he has apologised, his case has been forwarded to the BCCI for further action and reprimand under level 4 offence.

Praveen was not perturbed by the incident and played it down.

“Such things happen during a match but it’s not that big,” Praveen said when asked about his response to the charge.

Praveen’s last match in India colours was against South Africa in a T20 match in Johannesburg in March last year.

He has failed to get a place in the team since then and his state mate Bhuvneshwar Kumar has grabbed the limelight with some sterling performances against England and Pakistan.

Praveen has taken 77 wickets in 68 ODIs. He has also played six Tests but he has been plagued by injury and inconsistent form.


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